He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1989 to 1992; and the representative for New Jersey’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1987 to 1988.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Pallone.
Pallone 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Pallone has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 13, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Frank Pallone Jr. sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Energy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Health
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Pallone was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 259: Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019
- H.R. 477: To amend section 7 of Public Law 100-515 (16 U.S.C. 1244 note) to promote continued use of the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at Gateway National Recreation ...
- H.R. 6400 (114th): To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in New Jersey.
- H.R. 1321 (114th): Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015
- H.R. 669 (113th): Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act
- H.R. 5470 (111th): To exclude an external power supply for certain security or life safety alarms and surveillance system components from the application of certain energy efficiency standards under the ...
- H.R. 3792 (111th): Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009
Does 14 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).
Pallone sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (31%) Science, Technology, Communications (15%) Environmental Protection (15%) Energy (10%) International Affairs (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Commerce (5%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%)
Some of Pallone’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5101: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the financing of ...
- H.R. 4998: To prohibit certain Federal loans, grants, and subsidies from being used to purchase ...
- H.R. 4866: National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Act of 2019
- H.Res. 608: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Republic of India ...
- H.R. 4533: Native Health Access Improvement Act of 2019
- H.R. 4459: Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019
- H.R. 3: Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019
From Jan 1989 to Nov 2019, Pallone missed 317 of 19,622 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills