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Rep. John Tierney

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 6th District

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.
Photo of Rep. John Tierney [D-MA6, 1997-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Tierney.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Tierney was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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 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

Tierney sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (21%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Labor and Employment (14%) Health (11%) Commerce (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) International Affairs (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Tierney voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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Tierney voted No

Tierney voted Yea

Tierney voted No

Tierney voted No

Tierney voted No

Tierney voted No

Tierney voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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