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Rep. Joseph Kennedy III’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 4th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Kennedy’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Kennedy’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.

 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Kennedy missed 2.5% of votes (24 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Kennedy’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kennedy introduced 3 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 124: Expressing opposition to banning service …; H.R. 7460: Peace Corps Commemorative Work Extension …; H.R. 7539: Strengthening Behavioral Health Parity Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Ranked 29th most politically left compared to All Representatives

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kennedy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 30th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 685 bills that Kennedy cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 53rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Kennedy cosponsored 685 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked the 59th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kennedy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got the 61st most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Kennedy’s bills and resolutions had 754 cosponsors in the 116th 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 »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 63rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Kennedy introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 62nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

8 of Kennedy’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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.Res. 124: Expressing opposition to banning service …; H.Res. 722: Supporting the goals of Transgender …; H.Res. 960: Recognizing the right to counsel …; H.R. 1450: Do No Harm Act; H.R. 2874: Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act; H.R. 3133: Gay and Trans Panic Defense …; H.R. 7173: Tribal Reservation Pandemic Protection Act; H.R. 7638: Restoring Worker Power Act of …

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 72nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Kennedy’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. 1194: Graduate Student Savings Act of …; H.R. 2874: Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act; H.R. 3276: Fair AMP Act; H.R. 3569: Making America Safe and Secure …; H.R. 4418: Fair Calculations in Civil Damages …; H.R. 4419: Worker Dividend Act of 2019; H.R. 7460: Peace Corps Commemorative Work Extension …

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Kennedy introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 7460: Peace Corps Commemorative Work Extension …

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Kennedy’s 38 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Kennedy caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Kennedy 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. View Kennedy’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.