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Rep. Frank Pallone

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 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 71 years old.

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.

Photo of Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 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 3, 2019 to Mar 23, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Frank Pallone sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Pallone was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 20 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 (37%) Science, Technology, Communications (24%) Energy (10%) International Affairs (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Pallone recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Pallone voted Nay

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 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 Mar 2023, Pallone missed 318 of 21,120 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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