Clark is the representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Dec 12, 2013. Clark is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
She is also Assistant Speaker of the House, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Clark.
Clark 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Clark has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Katherine Clark sits on the following committees:
Clark was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5314 (116th): Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019
- H.R. 5102 (115th): Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018
- H.R. 3528 (115th): Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act
- H.R. 909 (115th): Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017
- H.R. 4599 (114th): Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016
- H.R. 1462 (114th): Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015
Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
Clark sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Clark’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 449: Honoring women in the United States for their service in World War II ...
- H.R. 3576: To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require a section on ...
- H.R. 3337: To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a Medicaid ...
- H.R. 3089: Accelerating Kids’ Access to Care Act
- H.R. 1911: Child Care is Infrastructure Act
- H.Res. 35: Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.R. 8533 (116th): SAVE Federally-Assisted Housing Act
As Assistant Speaker of the House, Clark may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.
From Dec 2013 to Jun 2021, Clark missed 86 of 4,228 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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