She was previously the representative for New York’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 2007 to 2012.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2015 Clarke was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.
|May. 8, 2015||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation|
|Jul. 31, 2015||House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Clarke.
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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Jul 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Yvette Clarke sits on the following committees:
- Vice Chair, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- House Committee on Homeland Security
Clarke was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5238 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1234 Saint Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York, as the “Major Robert Odell Owens Post ...
- H.R. 5583: To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require States to annually report on certain adult health quality measures, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 5929: United States Virgin Islands Small Business Contracting Assistance Act of 2018
- H.R. 1693: Improving Contract Procurement for Small Businesses through More Accurate Reporting Act of 2017
Does 4 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).
Clarke sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (31%) Immigration (18%) Commerce (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Taxation (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Housing and Community Development (5%)
Some of Clarke’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3777: To establish a National Commission to investigate the treatment of migrant families and ...
- H.R. 3264: Ending One-Ring Scams Act of 2019
- H.R. 3230: Defending Each and Every Person from False Appearances by Keeping Exploitation Subject to ...
- H.R. 3156: Smart Technologies Advancing Reliable Transportation Act
- H.R. 2295: Hardest Hit Housing Act of 2019
- H.R. 2231: Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019
- H.R. 2009: Removing Barriers to Allergy Diagnostic Testing Act of 2019
From Jan 2007 to Jul 2019, Clarke missed 419 of 9,372 roll call votes, which is 4.5%. This is 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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