Rep. James Burke

Former Representative from Massachusetts’s 11th District, Democrat

Burke, a Democrat, was the representative for Massachusetts's 11th congressional district from 1963 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts's 13th congressional district (1959-1962).



Our unique analysis of the bills Burke sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Burke is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Burke sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (33%) Taxation (29%) Labor and Employment (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Private Legislation (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1959 to Oct 1978, Burke missed 313 of 6,506 roll call votes, which is 4.8%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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