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Rep. Yvette Clarke

Representative for New York’s 9th District

pronounced EE-vet // klark


Clarke is the representative for New York’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Clarke is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

She was previously the representative for New York’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 2007 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Clarke is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Clarke has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 28, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Yvette Clarke sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Clarke was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Clarke sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (24%) Science, Technology, Communications (21%) Environmental Protection (13%) Housing and Community Development (11%) Commerce (10%) Taxation (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Clarke recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Clarke voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Clarke voted Nay

Clarke voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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Clarke voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Clarke voted No

Clarke voted Aye

Clarke voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jun 2022, Clarke missed 434 of 10,578 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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

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