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Rep. Ayanna Pressley

Representative for Massachusetts’s 7th District

pronounced ah-YAH-nuh // PRESS-lee


Pressley is the representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Pressley is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA7]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Pressley.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pressley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Pressley has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 27, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 97% The Club for Growth: 32%

Committee Membership

Ayanna Pressley sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Pressley was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Pressley sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (27%) Crime and Law Enforcement (24%) Finance and Financial Sector (16%) Education (16%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Transportation and Public Works (4%) Taxation (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Pressley’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Pressley voted Nay

Pressley voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Pressley voted Nay

Pressley voted Nay

Passed 284/149 on Jul 25, 2019.

Pressley voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Jul 2021, Pressley missed 17 of 1,197 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: