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Rep. Matthew Rinaldo

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 7th District

Rinaldo was the representative for New Jersey’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1992.

He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 12th congressional district as a Republican from 1973 to 1982.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rinaldo is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Rinaldo sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Rinaldo 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

Rinaldo sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (17%) Social Welfare (16%) Taxation (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Environmental Protection (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1992, Rinaldo missed 324 of 10,550 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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: