Rep. John Tierney’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 6th District
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Tierney’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Tierney’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.

 

Ideology Score

2nd most liberal among Competitive House Seats

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Tierney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most liberal out of 9
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Competitive House Seats 2nd most liberal out of 44
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Serving 10+ Years 23rd most liberal out of 177
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House Democrats 42nd most liberal out of 207
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All Representatives 42nd most liberal out of 441
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

3rd least bipartisan among Massachusetts Delegation

Of the 378 bills that Tierney cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Massachusetts Delegation 3rd least bipartisan out of 9 23
46% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 17th least bipartisan out of 44 5
68% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 70th most bipartisan out of 176 2
71% of bills View All
House Democrats 55th least bipartisan out of 205 14
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 165th most bipartisan out of 437 1
71% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

3rd most bills among Massachusetts Delegation

Tierney introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 3rd most bills out of 9 3
22 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 44 5
36 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 83rd fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 177 0
67 bills View All
House Democrats 92nd most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 207 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 183rd most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

9th most absent among Competitive House Seats; tied with 1 other

Tierney missed 3.3% of votes (40 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Tierney’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Massachusetts Delegation 4th most voting out of 9 2
9% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats 9th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 44 0
35% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 82nd most absent (tied w/ 4) out of 172 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 159th most absent (tied w/ 7) out of 434 0
58% missed votes View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

11th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 10 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Tierney’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.R. 1946: Responsible Student Loan Solutions Act; H.R. 1979: Bank on Students Loan Fairness ...; H.R. 2568: Essex National Heritage Area Reauthorization ...; H.R. 3711: 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of ...; H.R. 3824: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act; H.R. 4582: Bank on Students Emergency Loan ...; H.R. 5128: International Human Rights Defense Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation the most bills out of 9 0
7 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 44 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 177 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 5th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 207 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 11th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

21st most cosponsors among House Democrats

Tierney’s bills and resolutions had 524 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most cosponsors out of 9 25
544 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 6th most cosponsors out of 44 6
1,042 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th most cosponsors out of 177 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 21st most cosponsors out of 207 0
1,535 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 57th most cosponsors out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

38th highest % of bills among House Democrats; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 40% of Tierney’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Competitive House Seats 10th lowest % of bills out of 31 17
74% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 43rd highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 121 0
86% of bills View All
House Democrats 38th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 140 0
83% of bills View All
All Representatives 110th highest % of bills (tied w/ 3) out of 281 0
100% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

39th best score among House Democrats

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Tierney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Massachusetts Delegation 3rd best score out of 9
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Competitive House Seats 14th best score out of 44
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Serving 10+ Years 71st best score out of 177
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House Democrats 39th best score out of 207
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All Representatives 153rd best score out of 441
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Powerful Cosponsors

47th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 23 others

6 of Tierney’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress 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.R. 798: Workforce Investment Act of 2013; H.R. 1946: Responsible Student Loan Solutions Act; H.R. 2425: Earned Retiree Healthcare Benefits Protection ...; H.R. 3824: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act; H.R. 4582: Bank on Students Emergency Loan ...; H.R. 4741: Surviving Spouses’ Benefit Improvement Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 0
6 bills View All
Competitive House Seats the most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 44 0
6 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 31st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 177 0
27 bills View All
House Democrats 23rd most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 207 0
21 bills View All
All Representatives 47th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

61st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Tierney cosponsored 378 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 215
749 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 9th most bills out of 44 98
609 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 29th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
805 bills View All
House Democrats 55th most bills out of 207 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 61st most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tierney introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 9 0
2 bills View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 16 others out of 44 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 74 others out of 177 0
23 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 120 others out of 207 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 168 others out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Tierney held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Tierney’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Massachusetts Delegation highest score along with 6 others out of 9 0
1 points View All
Competitive House Seats 6th highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 44 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 36th lowest score (tied w/ 90) out of 177 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 25th highest score (tied w/ 89) out of 207 0
6 points View All
All Representatives 66th highest score (tied w/ 194) out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Tierney introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 9 0
1 laws View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 26 others out of 44 0
4 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 110 others out of 177 0
9 laws View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 149 others out of 207 0
3 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 285 others out of 441 0
9 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Tierney supported any of 12 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Tierney 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Massachusetts Delegation least supportive along with 6 others out of 9 0
1 points View All
Competitive House Seats least supportive along with 37 others out of 44 0
2 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 140 others out of 177 0
9 points View All
House Democrats least supportive along with 152 others out of 207 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 353 others out of 441 0
9 points View All

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.

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 the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.