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Rep. Nita Lowey (D)

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Phone: 202-225-6506

Address: 2365 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: lowey.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (914) 428-1707

Address: 222 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY 10605-1316

New City NY

Phone: (845) 639-3485

Fax: (845) 634-4079

Address: 67 North Main Street, New City NY 10956

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Nita Lowey Biography
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  • Elected: 1988, 14th term.
  • District: New York 17
  • Born: Jul. 05, 1937, Bronx
  • Home: Harrison
  • Education:

    Mt. Holyoke Col., B.A. 1959

  • Professional Career:

    Asst. for Econ. Devel. & Neighborhood Preservation, NY Secy. of State; Dep. dir., Division of Econ. Opportunity, 1975–85; NY asst. secy. of st., 1985–87.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Jewish

  • Family: Married (Stephen); 3 children

Democrat Nita Lowey, first elected in 1988, is a formidable insider among House Democrats. She is a close and persuasive ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and in December 2012 became the first woman to serve as the Appropriations Committee’s ranking Democrat. Read More

Democrat Nita Lowey, first elected in 1988, is a formidable insider among House Democrats. She is a close and persuasive ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and in December 2012 became the first woman to serve as the Appropriations Committee’s ranking Democrat.

Lowey was born in the Bronx, and after graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in marketing, she moved to Queens, where she became a homemaker raising three children. She first got involved in politics when her neighbor, Mario Cuomo, got Lowey to help out in his campaign for lieutenant governor. He lost that race but was appointed New York secretary of state and hired Lowey as his assistant in 1975. Cuomo later became New York governor.

In the 1988 Democratic primary for the House seat, Lowey faced Hamilton Fish III, who was politically well connected but, as a former publisher of The Nation, was considerably to the left of Lowey. She won 44%-36%. In the general election, she challenged two-term Republican Rep. Joseph DioGuardi, who was dogged by charges of illicit contributions. She won 50%-47%. Each spent more than $1 million, with Lowey spending $657,000 of her own money.

In the House, Lowey’s voting record is liberal, although she is more moderate on foreign policy. She has been a strong advocate of aid to Israel and voted for the 2002 Iraq war resolution. Her ties to Pelosi were evident when she beat out Marcy Kaptur of Ohio for the ranking Democratic slot on Appropriations, even though Kaptur had more seniority. In addition to her Pelosi connections, Lowey has clout with the Obama administration. Her former staff director on Appropriations, Rob Nabors, served as White House director of legislative affairs and later became President Obama’s deputy chief of staff.

As the ranking Democrat on Appropriations’ State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, she worked closely in 2011 with the panel’s chairman, Texas Republican Kay Granger, on warning the Palestinian Authority that its quest for statehood jeopardized its U.S. funding. She led the opposition that year to a GOP proposal to slash U.S. contributions to international financial organizations. She argued that it would impair companies’ ability to access foreign markets. After a young Nigerian evaded airport security in Amsterdam and almost blew up a Northwest Airlines flight over American skies, Lowey demanded that airlines submit passenger manifests to the federal government at least 24 hours before a flight’s departure to give them more time to catch terrorism suspects.

On domestic issues, she has actively supported the National Endowment for the Arts, and also has been a big supporter of biomedical research and helped increase spending on cancer research at the National Institutes of Health. She has become a vigorous crusader against skin cancer after watching two close friends undergo surgeries and chemotherapy for melanoma, calling for better guidelines on sunscreen. She also has worked to combat drunken driving, advocating the increased use of ignition interlock devices to impede repeat offenses. Pursuing her interest in feminist issues, she has backed funds for international family planning. And she reportedly played an important behind-the-scenes role in getting the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial industry overhaul law to soften proposed regulations on derivatives that would have negatively impacted New York’s banking industry.

Since Lowey first won, the boundaries of her district have been radically altered three times by redistricting but she has been reelected by wide margins. She thought about a Senate bid in 2000, but deferred to first lady Hillary Clinton, and in 2008, she was an enthusiastic supporter of Clinton’s presidential campaign. Her party loyalty and avid fundraising led Minority Leader Dick Gephardt to appoint her to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2002 election. That year, the GOP’s six-seat gain was an acute disappointment to Lowey, who quietly bowed out of the chairmanship. In 2008, she was mentioned as a possible successor to Clinton in the Senate after Clinton became secretary of State, but the plum went to Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Lowey’s Republican opponent in 2008 and 2010 was Jim Russell, a staunch Christian conservative who proved no match for her. The local GOP in 2010 rescinded its endorsement of Russell after it was exposed that he wrote an anti-integration essay featured on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s website. She won 62%-38%. Two years later, post-2010 census redistricting gave her a district in which just over half of her constituents were new to her, and in 2012, she drew a stronger GOP candidate in Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin. Nevertheless, she won with 64% of the vote and further increased her influence in Washington by donating nearly $700,000 to colleagues before the election.

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Nita Lowey Election Results
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2012 General
Nita Lowey (D)
Votes: 171,417
Percent: 64.42%
Joe Carvin (R)
Votes: 91,899
Percent: 34.54%
2012 Primary
Nita Lowey (D)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (62%), 2008 (68%), 2006 (71%), 2004 (70%), 2002 (92%), 2000 (67%), 1998 (83%), 1996 (64%), 1994 (57%), 1992 (56%), 1990 (63%), 1988 (50%)
Nita Lowey Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 71 (L) : 28 (C) 72 (L) : 28 (C) 85 (L) : 14 (C)
Social 79 (L) : 16 (C) 72 (L) : 27 (C) 68 (L) : 30 (C)
Foreign 83 (L) : 15 (C) 78 (L) : 22 (C) 67 (L) : 32 (C)
Composite 79.0 (L) : 21.0 (C) 74.2 (L) : 25.8 (C) 74.0 (L) : 26.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9791
CFG618
ITIC-75
NTU815
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-84
ACU04
ADA8080
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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