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Rep. John Moakley

Former Representative from Massachusetts’s 9th District, Democrat

Moakley, a Democrat, was the representative for Massachusetts's 9th congressional district from 1973 to 2001.

Photo of Rep. John Moakley [D-MA9, 1973-2001]


Our unique analysis of the bills Moakley 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 2002. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Moakley is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Moakley was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Moakley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Law (18%) Commerce (15%) Education (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Health (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to May 2001, Moakley missed 1,554 of 15,562 roll call votes, which is 10.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 2001. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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