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Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

Representative for New Jersey’s 6th District

pronounced frank // puh-LOHN

Pallone is the representative for New Jersey’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 5, 1993. Pallone is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

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.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. is currently serving as a proxy for Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12] (since May 21, 2020) and Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9] (since Aug 18, 2020) under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Pallone.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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 Sep 25, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Frank Pallone Jr. sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Pallone was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 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

Pallone sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (31%) Science, Technology, Communications (18%) Environmental Protection (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) International Affairs (10%) Energy (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%) Taxation (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Pallone voted Nay

Pallone voted Nay

Passed 371/48 on Mar 8, 2017.

H.R. 1301 reflects the final, bicameral agreement on fiscal year 2017 Department of Defense spending. If enacted, H.R. 1301 would result in discretionary budget authority ...

Pallone voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 ...

Pallone voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 ...

Pallone voted Nay

Pallone voted No

Pallone voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Pallone voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Sep 2020, Pallone missed 317 of 19,913 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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

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