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Rep. Niki Tsongas’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 3rd District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Tsongas’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Tsongas’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tsongas introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 412: Nashua River Wild and Scenic ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Of the 231 bills that Tsongas cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (25th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got the 66th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Tsongas’s bills and resolutions had 28 cosponsors in 2013. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 67th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Tsongas cosponsored 231 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Was 74th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Tsongas missed 5.6% of votes (36 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Tsongas’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Laws Enacted

Tsongas introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Tsongas introduced 6 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Tsongas’s bills and resolutions in 2013 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Tsongas’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 2059: Coast Guard STRONG Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Committee Positions

Tsongas held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Tsongas’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Tsongas supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Tsongas 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.