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Rep. William Owens

Former Representative from New York’s 21st District, Democrat

Owens, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 21st congressional district from 2013 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for New York's 23rd congressional district (2009-2012).

Photo of Rep. William Owens [D-NY21, 2013-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Owens.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Owens sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Owens is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Owens was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Owens sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (22%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (18%) Agriculture and Food (13%) Immigration (13%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Owens’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Owens’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
Nay H.R. 3361 (113th): USA FREEDOM Act
May 22, 2014. Passed 303/121.
Aye H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.Con.Res. 332 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of ...
Nov 17, 2010. Passed 234/184.
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.R. 4855 (111th): Work-Life Balance Award Act
Jun 15, 2010. Failed 249/163.
Yea H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010
Apr 29, 2010. Passed 223/169.
Yea H.Res. 915 (111th): Encouraging the Republic of Hungary to respect the rule of law, treat foreign investors fairly, and promote ...
Dec 8, 2009. Passed 333/74.

Missed Votes

From Nov 2009 to Dec 2014, Owens missed 70 of 3,599 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. ProPublica has tracked 26 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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