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Rep. John Moakley

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 9th District

Moakley was the representative for Massachusetts’s 9th congressional district and was most recently a Democrat (1975-2001) and previously an Ind. Democrat (1973-1974). He served from 1973 to 2001.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Moakley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Moakley sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 9 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

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%) Labor and Employment (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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