Rep. Joseph Kennedy II

Former Representative from Massachusetts’s 8th District, Democrat

Kennedy, a Democrat, was the representative for Massachusetts's 8th congressional district from 1987 to 1998.

Photo of Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA8, 1987-1998]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Kennedy 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 1998. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Kennedy is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Kennedy was the primary sponsor of 12 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

Kennedy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Commerce (14%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Health (11%) Law (11%) Agriculture and Food (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 1998, Kennedy missed 263 of 6,424 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. 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: