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Rep. James Anthony Burke

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 11th District

Burke was the representative for Massachusetts’s 11th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 13th congressional district as a Democrat from 1959 to 1962.

Photo of Rep. James Anthony Burke [D-MA11, 1963-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Burke is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Burke sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Burke was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Burke recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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

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