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Rep. Edward Boland

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd District

Boland was the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1953 to 1988.

Enacted Legislation

Boland was the primary sponsor of 39 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 39 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

Boland sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) Arts, Culture, Religion (18%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Environmental Protection (10%) International Affairs (7%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Native Americans (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Boland recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1953 to Oct 1988, Boland missed 1,069 of 11,818 roll call votes, which is 9.0%. This is worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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