Our unique analysis of the bills Frank sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Frank is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Frank was the primary sponsor of 32 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5758 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2 Government Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, as the “Sergeant Robert Barrett Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 5297 (111th): Small Business Jobs Act of 2010
- H.R. 5872 (111th): General and Special Risk Insurance Funds Availability Act of 2010
- H.R. 5981 (111th): To increase the flexibility of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with respect to the amount of premiums charged for FHA single family housing mortgage insurance, ...
- H.R. 5099 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15 South Main Street in Sharon, Massachusetts, as the “Michael C. Rothberg Post Office”.
- H.R. 4173 (111th): Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
- H.R. 3126 (111th): Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009
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).
Frank sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (25%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Law (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Commerce (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)
Some of Frank’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6613 (112th): Markets and Trading Reorganization Act
- H.R. 6316 (112th): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from income ...
- H.R. 6193 (112th): Religious Workers Visa Act
- H.R. 6145 (112th): New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Resources Assistance Act
- H.R. 5860 (112th): Executive Compensation Clawback Full Enforcement Act
- H.R. 5794 (112th): Fair Debt Collection Practices Clarification Act of 2012
- H.R. 5054 (112th): To extend the suspension of duty on Acetoacetyl-2,5-dimethoxy-4-chloroanilide.
From Jan 1981 to Jan 2013, Frank missed 883 of 18,814 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. ProPublica has tracked 5 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills