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Rep. Gerry Studds

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 10th District

Studds was the representative for Massachusetts’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 12th congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1982.


On Jul. 14, 1983, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Studds for sexual relationship with 17-year old male House page that occurred 10 years earlier in 1973 and recommended reprimand and filed report, 11-1. On Jul. 20, 1983, the House of Representatives rejected the reprimand recommendation, 289-136; censured Studds instead, 420-3.

Jul. 14, 1983 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended reprimand and filed report, 11-1
Jul. 20, 1983 House of Representatives rejected the reprimand recommendation, 289-136; censured Studds instead, 420-3
Photo of Rep. Gerry Studds [D-MA10, 1983-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Studds is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Studds sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Studds was the primary sponsor of 35 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 35 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

Studds sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Environmental Protection (26%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (10%) International Affairs (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Studds recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Sep 1996, Studds missed 368 of 13,012 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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

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