Ferraro was the representative for New York’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1979 to 1984.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 1984, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Ferraro for inadequate and improper financial disclosure. The committee found technical violations, but no sanction was recommended and a report was filed on Dec. 4, 1984.
Ferraro is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Ferraro sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ferraro was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 6254 (97th): A bill to amend title 3, United States Code, to clarify the function of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division with respect to certain foreign diplomatic ...
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).
Ferraro sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Labor and Employment (21%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) International Affairs (14%) Health (14%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Social Welfare (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Housing and Community Development (7%)
Some of Ferraro’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5568 (98th): Truck Safety Act of 1984
- H.Res. 450 (98th): A resolution to express the sense of the House of Representatives concerning ...
- H.R. 4769 (98th): A bill to amend section 3 of the Urban Mass Transportation Act ...
- H.J.Res. 416 (98th): A joint resolution to designate April 22, 1984, as “Queen Isabella I ...
- H.R. 3449 (98th): Reye’s Syndrome Act of 1983
- H.R. 2639 (98th): Rebuilding of America Act of 1982
- H.R. 2530 (98th): A bill to provide that the Secretary of Transportation may exempt segments ...
From Jan 1979 to Oct 1984, Ferraro missed 402 of 2,994 roll call votes, which is 13.4%. This is much worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills