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Rep. Mary Scanlon

Representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th District

pronounced MA-ree // SKAN-lun

Scanlon is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Scanlon is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

She was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 2018 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Mary Scanlon [D-PA5]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Scanlon 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 Scanlon has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 20, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Mary Scanlon sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Scanlon was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Scanlon sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) Crime and Law Enforcement (24%) Education (12%) Arts, Culture, Religion (9%) Law (9%) Commerce (6%) Health (6%) Social Welfare (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Scanlon recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Scanlon voted Yea

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

Scanlon 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 …

Scanlon voted Yea

Scanlon voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

Missed Votes

From Nov 2018 to May 2022, Scanlon missed 12 of 1,719 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.1% 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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