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Hakeem Jeffries sits on the following committees:
Jeffries was the primary sponsor of 2 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 about one third or more 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).
Jeffries sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (32%)Commerce (15%)Housing and Community Development (12%)Government Operations and Politics (12%)Taxation (12%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)Armed Forces and National Security (6%)Health (6%)
Some of Jeffries’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Nay||H.R. 2825: DHS Authorization Act of 2017|
Jul 20, 2017. Passed 386/41.
H.R. 2825 authorizes the activities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides necessary oversight and guidance to the Department to ensure that it is effectively carrying out the mission of securing the homeland. A full section-by-section of the legislation can be found here ...
|Nay||H.R. 2842: Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act|
Jun 23, 2017. Passed 377/34.
H.R. 2842 connects low-income Americans looking for work with employers looking to fill job openings, including through apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job training. Specifically, the legislation provides funding for states to subsidize employment for a limited time for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) ...
|No||H.Res. 546: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 22) to authorize funds for Federal-aid ...|
Dec 3, 2015. Passed 384/40.
|No||H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act|
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
|Yea||H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015|
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
|Nay||H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015|
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
|Yea||H.R. 4681 (113th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015|
Dec 10, 2014. Passed 325/100.
|No||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
|Yea||H.J.Res. 71 (113th): District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014|
Oct 1, 2013. Failed 265/163.
|Nay||H.R. 1765 (113th): Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013|
Apr 26, 2013. Passed 361/41.
From Jan 2013 to Mar 2018, Jeffries missed 113 of 3,340 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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Hakeem Jeffries is pronounced:
huh-KEEM // JEF-rees
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Tilman Joseph Fertitta (born June 25, 1957) is an American billionaire businessman and television personality. He is the chairman, CEO, and sole owner of Landry's, Inc., one of the largest restaurant corporations in the US. He also owns the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In 2013, his net worth was estimated at $2.4 billion, placing him at No. 235 on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans;Forbes calls him the “World’s Richest Restaurateur”. Fertitta is also chairman of the board of regents of the University of Houston System. Fertitta became the star of Billion Dollar Buyer on CNBC, on September 5, 2017, Fertitta reached an agreement to buy the Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion.
Fertitta was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, several generations after his family had emigrated to Texas from Sicily, Italy, his father, Vic, owned a seafood restaurant on Galveston Island, and after school, Tilman would peel shrimp in his father’s restaurant. Fertitta attended Texas Tech University and the University of Houston, studying business administration and hospitality management. His first entrepreneurial experience involved selling and promoting Shaklee vitamins.
In the 1980s, Fertitta founded and ran a construction and development business, and developed his first major project, the Key Largo Hotel in Galveston.
Main article: Landry's, Inc.
Fertitta was a partner in the first Landry's Restaurant, Landry's Seafood, which opened its doors in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, in 1980. A year later, he helped open Willie G's Seafood & Steaks, a more upscale restaurant in Uptown Houston.
In 1986, Fertitta gained controlling interests of both locations, and in 1988, became sole owner of Landry's Restaurants; in 1993, he took Landry’s, Inc. public and the company grew quickly, adding concept after concept.
In 2010, Fertitta, who already owned the majority of Landry's, Inc. stock, purchased all outstanding shares, becoming sole owner again. In 1993, the company was valued at approximately $30 million.
By 2011, the company's value had skyrocketed to a value of more than $1.7 billion. As of 2013, the company, under the leadership of Fertitta, owns and operates more than 500 restaurant/entertainment/gaming/hospitality locations; in total, Landry's, Inc. employs more than 50,000 people and controls $3.2 billion in assets.
His portfolio includes: The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casinos; Morton's The Steakhouse; Rainforest Cafe; Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.; McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks; Saltgrass Steak House; Claim Jumper; Chart House; The Oceanaire; Mastro's Restaurants; Grotto Restaurants and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse. In 2017 he acquired half of EMM group, owner of the Catch Restaurants .
In 2004, Fertitta was elected to the Texas Business Hall of Fame, becoming the second-youngest Texan to ever earn that distinction, behind only Michael Dell.
Fertitta first built the Key Largo Hotel in Galveston, Texas to buy the rights to Landry's, after acquiring restaurants under the company, Fertitta started focusing more on the hospitality division of Landry's and acquired the San Luis Resort, Spa, & Conference Center in Galveston, Texas. He also partnered with the City of Galveston to build the conference center in 2004 inside the resort. Fertitta since acquired two additional hotels on the island, including the Holiday Inn On the Beach in 2003, and the Hilton Galveston Island Resort in 2004, which stands adjacent to his San Luis Resort; in 2015, Fertitta added the Villas at San Luis section of the hotel, which consists of ultra-luxury villas with direct access to both the beach and the hotel's pool.
Landry's first expanded to casinos in 2005 when it bought Golden Nugget Casinos, including locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada. Since then, Landry's has opened casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The Golden Nugget Atlantic City was previously called the Trump Marina. Fertitta purchased this casino from The Trump Organization after the casino went bankrupt, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles was bought after Fertitta found a license and resort land for sale from Pinnacle Entertainment, which owns the adjacent L'Auberge du Lac Resort. Fertitta stated he built the casino with the idea of having a casino in close proximity to his Houston hometown, after the first year proved the casino was successful, a new 300 room tower began construction on the property.
In addition to restaurants, hotels, and casinos, Landry's also owns amusement parks, aquariums, and the Kemah Boardwalk. Landry's, Inc. first acquired the Kemah Boardwalk in 1999. After acquiring the boardwalk, Fertitta added a few Landry's restaurants, and a few rides; in 2007, he added the Boardwalk Bullet which is a high speed wooden roller coaster. He also added the Boardwalk Fanta Sea, which is a luxury yacht cruise service where guests ride along the Galveston Bay.
The marina on the boardwalk is the largest concentration of boats and yachts in Greater Houston, as well as one of the largest in the nation, the boardwalk also includes an aquarium, which is under the same Landry's line of aquarium restaurants with locations in Houston, Denver, and Nashville. Travel + Leisure magazine named the Kemah boardwalk a top 10 American boardwalk.
In 2000, Landry's acquired the land on the 400 block of Bagby in Downtown Houston, the deal came from a proposal of the City of Houston to redevelop the fire station. After redeveloping the building, the aquarium added the shark tank and restaurant before opening in 2003.
Fertitta redeveloped the pleasure pier in Galveston, Texas, after the pier had closed after damages by Hurricane Ike, the pier reopened in 2012 as the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. The redeveloped pier includes an amusement park, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant, as well as shops. 
During the process of building the Houston Texans as an NFL team, Fertitta was one of the original investors in creating the franchise, he then lasted as a partner for the Texans owner Bob McNair until 2008. Fertitta then had to sell his interest in the franchise, as he owns Golden Nugget casinos as part of Landry's subsidiary. NFL rules state any staff member of a team can't be associated with gambling. Both Fertitta and McNair were disappointed, as Fertitta was part of the franchise since the beginning, yet the team needed to comply with NFL rules.
In 2003, Fertitta bought the naming rights to the Crawford Boxes seating section of Minute Maid Park, calling it "Landry's Crawford Boxes", the term has become a commercial moniker during radio and television broadcasts. A Landry's sign is placed above the section, along with many of the company's subsidiaries. Traditionally, when a fan catches a home run, they are awarded a gift certificate to one of Landry's restaurants. Landry's promoters often visit the section and give away items such as T-shirts.
Fertitta served as the director of the Houston Rockets in the 1990s, during which the team won two NBA titles during the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons.
On September 4, 2017, he agreed to purchase the Rockets from Leslie Alexander, pending league approval, for an NBA record $2.2 billion. On October 6, 2017 Fertitta was approved by the NBA to own the Houston Rockets. Fertitta paid for the Rockets by selling $1.415 billion worth of bonds.
Fertitta partnered with Richard Handler and announced a special-purpose acquisition company. The company would be called Landcadia, a word mix between Fertitta's Landry's and Handler's Leucadia, the company plans to raise as much as $300 million in initial public offering.
Landry's owns a private hangar situated inside Houston's Hobby Airport. Fertitta has hosted both private and public parties there, including a benefit for the Houston Police Department. 
Main article: Billion Dollar Buyer
On January 12, 2016, it was announced that Fertitta would star in his own realitytv show titled Billion Dollar Buyer on CNBC. Billion Dollar Buyer premiered on March 22, 2016 at 10 P.M. Eastern Time, after receiving success during the first season, a second season was announced, featuring over twice as many episodes.
Fundraising and Public Service
Fertitta devotes a significant amount of his time to community service and support of charitable organizations around Houston. Throughout the year, Fertitta and his wife Paige host a wide variety of fundraising events and galas at their home.
Fertitta is Chairman of the Board of the Houston Children's Charity, which hosts an annual special fundraiser for the organization, called “A Gathering of Champions”, the event is attended by well-known professional athletes from around Houston and across the nation. Guests attend in casual attire.
Fertitta was one of the original investors in Houston NFL team, the Houston Texans; in 2009, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Fertitta to the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System.
In 2008, Fertitta was named chairperson of the Houston Police Department’s Police Foundation, supplying gear and equipment for Houston Police Officers, he serves on the Executive Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Additionally, Fertitta is a board member for the following Houston-based organizations: Texas Heart Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Greater Houston Partnership.
Fertitta and his wife Paige live in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston with their four children, Michael, Patrick, Blayne, and Blake, he is the third cousin of former UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta. An avid sports fan, Fertitta is a vocal supporter of the University of HoustonCougars and can be seen at most Cougar football and basketball games as well as court side for Houston Rockets basketball games. In 2016, Fertitta donated $20 million to rebuild Hofheinz Pavilion for University of Houston basketball along with donations for the construction of TDECU Stadium.
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