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Rep. William Paxon

Former Representative for New York’s 27th District

Paxon was the representative for New York’s 27th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 1998.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 31st congressional district as a Republican from 1989 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. William Paxon [R-NY27, 1993-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Paxon is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Paxon sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Paxon was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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

Paxon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (17%) Law (17%) Social Welfare (17%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Environmental Protection (10%) Labor and Employment (7%) Commerce (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Dec 1998, Paxon missed 140 of 5,485 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: