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Nita Lowey
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U.S. House, New York, District 18
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 26
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York Assistant Secretary of State
Bachelor'sMount Holyoke College
Date of birthJuly 5, 1937
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionCivil Servant
Office website
Campaign website
Nita Melnikoff Lowey (b. July 5, 1937) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Lowey was elected by voters from New York's 18th congressional district.

Lowey won re-election in 2012. Due to New York's 2012 redistricing, Lowey ran in the newly redrawn 17th district. Politico reports that redistricting has made Lowey's district less favorable for Democrats.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lowey is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]


Lowey was born in New York, New York. She earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1959.[3]


After earning her degree, Lowey served as assistant to the New York Secretary of State for Economic Development and Neighborhood Preservation, as Deputy Director of the New York State Division of Economic Opportunity from 1975-1985, and as New York Assistant Secretary of State from 1985-1987.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Lowey serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security


Campaign Themes

Lowey lists her campaign themes on her website:[6]

  • "Environmental Protection & Energy Independence
  • Security & Public Safety
  • Educational Opportunity
  • Defense & International Affairs
  • Economic Growth & Fiscal Responsibility
  • Quality, Affordable Health Care."



See also: New York's 17th congressional district elections, 2012

Lowey won re-election in 2012. Because of New York's redistricting, Lowey ran in the newly drawn 17th district. Politico reports that the new district is less supportive of Lowey.[1]

Lowey ran on the Democratic and Working Families tickets.[7] She was unopposed in the primaries and defeated Joe Carvin (R) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

U.S. House, New York District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNita Lowey Incumbent 57.6% 171,417
     Republican Joe Carvin 30.9% 91,899
     Independent Francis Morganthaler 0.9% 2,771
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 10.5% 31,292
Total Votes 297,379
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"


On November 2, 2010, Lowey was re-elected to the United States House for a twelfth term. She defeated Jim Russell (R whom also ran on the Conservative Party ticket).[10]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 18 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNita M. Lowey Incumbent 61.7% 115,619
     Republican Jim Russell 33% 61,845
     Blank/Scattering 5.3% 9,900
Total Votes 187,364

Campaign donors


Nita Lowey Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$893,927.88$272,858.47$(185,094.10)$981,692.25
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$1,025,375.48$345,674.39$(25,057.07)$1,345,992.80
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$1,345,992.80$366,084.75$(663,713.25)$1,048,364.30
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Lowey's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Lowey was re-elected to the U.S. House for a twelfth term in 2010. Her campaign committee raised a total of $2,062,770 and spent $2,033,256.[14]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lowey paid his congressional staff a total of $870,292 in 2011. Overall, New York ranks 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lowey's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $15,395,036 to $67,025,000. Averaging to a net worth of $41,210,018 which is higher than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Nita Lowey voted with the Democratic Party 94.4% of the time, which ranked 41st among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[17]


Nita and Stephen Lowey have been married for more than 45 years and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.[18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
José Serrano
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 18
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joseph J. DioGuardi
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 20
Succeeded by
Benjamin A. Gilman
Preceded by
New York Assistant Secretary of State
Succeeded by