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Rep. James “Jim” McGovern’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover McGovern’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McGovern introduced 23 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 5: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 10: Fixing the daily hour of ...; H.Res. 28: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 122: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 230: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 274: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 329: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 393: Remembering the victims of the ...; H.Res. 430: Authorizing the Committee on the ...; H.Res. 445: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 460: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 462: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 466: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 476: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 553: Directing the Clerk of the ...; H.Res. 564: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 655: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 660: Directing certain committees to continue ...; H.Res. 708: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 767: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 4270: Placing Restrictions on Teargas Exports ...; H.R. 4331: Tibetan Policy and Support Act ...; H.Con.Res. 1: Regarding consent to assemble outside ...

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


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

McGovern held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 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 (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Massachusetts Delegation

McGovern missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 701 votes) in 2019. View McGovern’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 778 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 (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Introduced the 18th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

McGovern introduced 36 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 20th most left (~liberal) compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McGovern’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of McGovern’s 36 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McGovern caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 55th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 778 bills that McGovern cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).

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


 

Got the 81st most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

McGovern’s bills and resolutions had 451 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Ranked the 93rd top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McGovern’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McGovern introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of McGovern’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 393: Remembering the victims of the ...; H.R. 3960: Freedom for Americans to Travel ...; H.R. 4270: Placing Restrictions on Teargas Exports ...; H.R. 4331: Tibetan Policy and Support Act ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

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.Res. 230: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 3332: To amend title XVIII of ...; H.R. 3960: Freedom for Americans to Travel ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.