Tierney was the representative for Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2014.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2013 Tierney was investigated for failing to declare his wife's income of $40,000 to $160,000 from 2007-2010 to Congress and the IRS because Tierney claimed it was actually a gift from his brother-in-law. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence to show that the funds were income and not gifts and that no further action was needed. In 2010, Representative Tierney's wife pleaded guilty to tax evasion also related to her brother's income. In 2014, Representative Tierney was defeated in the Democratic primary.
|2010||Tierney's wife pleaded guilty to tax evasion also related to her brother's income.|
|Jun. 13, 2013||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations|
|Sep. 11, 2013||House Committee on Ethics concluded that there was insufficient evidence to show that the funds were income and not gifts and that no further action was needed|
|2014||Tierney was defeated in the Democratic primary.|
Read our 2014 Report Card for Tierney.
Tierney is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Tierney sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Tierney was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 1339 (112th): To designate the City of Salem, Massachusetts, as the Birthplace of the National Guard of the United States.
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).
Tierney sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (21%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Labor and Employment (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Health (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) International Affairs (7%) Commerce (7%)
Some of Tierney’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5128 (113th): International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014
- H.R. 4741 (113th): Surviving Spouses’ Benefit Improvement Act of 2014
- H.R. 4652 (113th): Increasing Small Business Lending Act
- H.R. 4582 (113th): Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act
- H.R. 4209 (113th): SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014
- H.R. 4183 (113th): Empowering States’ Rights To Protect Consumers Act of 2014
- H.R. 3824 (113th): Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act
|Tierney’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
H.R. 2218 (112th): Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
Sep 13, 2011. Passed 365/54.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
H.R. 2346 (111th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
Jun 16, 2009. Passed 226/202.
H.R. 1908 (110th): Patent Reform Act of 2007
Sep 7, 2007. Passed 220/175.
H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Jul 27, 2007. Passed 231/191.
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H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
From Jan 1997 to Dec 2014, Tierney missed 321 of 12,173 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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