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Rep. Joseph Kennedy III

Representative for Massachusetts’s 4th District

pronounced JOH-sif // KE-nuh-dee

Kennedy is the representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Kennedy is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Kennedy.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kennedy is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Kennedy has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 24, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Joseph Kennedy III sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Kennedy was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were 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

Kennedy sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (43%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (18%) International Affairs (11%) Taxation (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Energy (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kennedy voted Nay

Passed 359/49 on Jun 28, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Kennedy voted Nay

Passed 357/57 on Jun 20, 2018.

H.R. 6082 amends the Public Health Service Act to permit substance use disorder (SUD) records to be shared among covered entities and Part 2 programs ...

Kennedy voted Yea

Passed 266/157 on Feb 6, 2018.

H.R. 772 amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to clarify the information certain retail food chain establishments, with 20 or more locations, must ...

Kennedy voted Nay

Passed 371/48 on Mar 8, 2017.

H.R. 1301 reflects the final, bicameral agreement on fiscal year 2017 Department of Defense spending. If enacted, H.R. 1301 would result in discretionary budget authority ...

Kennedy voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Kennedy voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Kennedy voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Kennedy voted No

Kennedy voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jun 2019, Kennedy missed 196 of 4,153 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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