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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 2020.

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
Photo of Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Clarke.

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 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 12, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Yvette Clarke sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Clarke was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were 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 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 (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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Clarke voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

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 No

Clarke voted Aye

Clarke voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jul 2019, Clarke missed 419 of 9,350 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.

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Primary Sources

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