Michael E. McMahon

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Michael McMahon
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U.S. House, New York, District 13
Former member
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew York University,
J.D.New York Law School
Date of birthSeptember 12, 1957
Place of birthNew York City, New York
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Michael McMahon was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 13th Congressional District of New York.



See also: New York's 11th Congressional District election, 2016

In an interview on December 23, 2014, McMahon said that he would not rule out a 2016 bid for U.S. House. McMahon explained that, although he had other priorities at the time, he had received calls from others wanting him to run. McMahon stated, "Here in New York, we are really broken-hearted about these officers who’ve been killed, and that’s everyone’s main focus... It’s not something that I’m ruling out or ruling in, but it will get serious consideration after we mourn our tragic losses here."[1]


On November 2, 2010, Michael Grimm was elected to the United States House. He also ran as a Conservative Party candidate. He defeated Michael E. McMahon (D) and Tom Vendittelli (Libertarian).[2]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Grimm 49.5% 65,024
     Democratic Michael E. McMahon Incumbent 46.2% 60,773
     Blank/Scattering 3.6% 4,700
     Libertarian Tom Vendittelli 0.7% 929
Total Votes 131,426

Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009, to June 16, 2010, McMahon voted with the House Democratic leadership 91.6 percent of the time.[3] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 90.8 percent of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post from July 23, 2010, concluded that he voted 92.2 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[4]

Specific votes

Rep. McMahon voted for the stimulus bill.[5] About 57 percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Only 38 percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[6]

McMahon also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[7] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[8]

McMahon supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[9] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[10]