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Rep. Niki Tsongas

Representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd District

Tsongas, a Democrat, is the representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 3, 2013. Tsongas is next up for reelection in 2018.

She was previously the representative for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district (2007-2012).

Photo of Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Tsongas.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Tsongas 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Tsongas has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union: 100% Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 95% NIAC Action: A United States Chamber of Commerce: 40% FreedomWorks: 11% Americans for Prosperity: 5% The Club for Growth: 0%

Committee Membership

Niki Tsongas sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

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

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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 about one third or more 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

Tsongas sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (47%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Environmental Protection (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Taxation (12%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Tsongas’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.Res. 937: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (S. 2943) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department ...
Dec 1, 2016. Passed 277/139.
No H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
No H.R. 1731: National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015
Apr 23, 2015. Passed 355/63.
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Oct 2007 to Dec 2017, Tsongas missed 297 of 7,356 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 84 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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