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Rep. Martin “Marty” Meehan

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 5th District

Meehan was the representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2007.

Photo of Rep. Martin “Marty” Meehan [D-MA5, 1993-2007]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Meehan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Meehan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Meehan was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Meehan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Law (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Commerce (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Jun 2007, Meehan missed 501 of 8,900 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 2007. 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: