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Rep. Michael Capuano

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 7th District

pronounced MĪ-kul // kap-yoo-AH-noh

Capuano was the representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2018.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1999 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Capuano.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Capuano is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Capuano sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Capuano was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Capuano sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (46%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Commerce (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) International Affairs (6%) Emergency Management (6%) Immigration (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Capuano recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Capuano voted Nay

Passed 417/3 on Apr 6, 2017.

Access to financial capital is vital for entrepreneurs seeking to start up, operate or expand businesses. At the same time, according to the Committee on …

Capuano voted No

Passed 360/61 on Dec 8, 2016.

The WIIN (Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation) Act was a 277-page bill dealing with federal water policies, particularly for drought-stricken areas. It’s so complex …

Capuano voted Nay

Capuano voted Nay

Passed 394/4 on Jul 5, 2016.

Capuano voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Capuano voted Not Voting

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Capuano voted No

Capuano voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Dec 2018, Capuano missed 615 of 13,521 roll call votes, which is 4.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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