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Rep. James “Jim” McGovern’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover McGovern’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to House Democrats

McGovern held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View McGovern’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

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 115th 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).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Massachusetts Delegation

McGovern missed 1.4% of votes (17 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View McGovern’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Representatives (28th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Of the 946 bills that McGovern cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

McGovern cosponsored 946 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 (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

McGovern introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McGovern introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1872: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act ...; H.R. 3105: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

4 of McGovern’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 910: Condemning violence against children globally, ...; H.R. 1872: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act ...; H.Con.Res. 91: Expressing the sense of Congress ...; H.J.Res. 88: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether McGovern supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McGovern 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McGovern cosponsored H.R. 2678: ETHICS Act of 2017; H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 39th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of McGovern’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McGovern caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McGovern introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1872: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act ...; H.R. 3105: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.R. 1975: Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act ...; H.R. 3105: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act; H.Con.Res. 91: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

McGovern’s bills and resolutions had 330 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McGovern’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.