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Rep. Lori Trahan

Representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd District

pronounced LAW-ree // chruh-HAN


Trahan is the representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Trahan is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Trahan has cosponsored 1 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In September 2019, Trahan was accused of accepting excessive campaign contributions and failing to file required disclosure documents. In December 2019, the House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response. In July 2020, the House Committee on Ethics published its report dismissing the charges since the alleged excessive contributions were part of joint holdings with her spouse and any reporting errors were unintentional.

Aug. 18, 2019 Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review by the House Committee on Ethics
Dec. 17, 2019 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.
Jul. 16, 2020 House Committee on Ethics published its report dismissing the charges since the alleged excessive contributions were part of joint holdings with her spouse and any reporting errors were unintentional.
Photo of Rep. Lori Trahan [D-MA3]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Trahan.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Trahan 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 Trahan has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Feb 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 97% The Club for Growth: 18%

Enacted Legislation

Trahan was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Trahan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (36%) Labor and Employment (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Health (14%) Sports and Recreation (14%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Trahan voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Trahan voted Yea

Trahan voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Mar 2021, Trahan missed 3 of 1,005 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than 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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Primary Sources

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