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Rep. James “Jim” McGovern’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover McGovern’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of McGovern’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Ranked most liberal compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McGovern’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Of the 786 bills that McGovern cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Massachusetts Delegation

McGovern missed 1.6% of votes (21 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View McGovern’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to All Representatives

McGovern cosponsored 786 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether McGovern supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McGovern 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McGovern cosponsored H.R. 367: Campaign Sunlight Act of 2015; H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 425: Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 40th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 9 others)

McGovern introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

McGovern held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View McGovern’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McGovern’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

McGovern’s bills and resolutions had 262 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McGovern introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of McGovern’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of McGovern’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.Res. 394: Condemning Joseph Kony and the ...; H.R. 157: Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act ...; H.R. 523: Prescribe A Book Act; H.R. 3445: Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of McGovern’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 394: Condemning Joseph Kony and the ...; H.R. 2493: Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act ...; H.J.Res. 23: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McGovern introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.