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Rep. Niki Tsongas’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Tsongas’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Tsongas introduced 3 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Tsongas’s bills and resolutions had 87 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Tsongas tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Tsongas’s 3 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

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

Of the 257 bills that Tsongas cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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. 2142: INTERDICT Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tsongas introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2142: INTERDICT Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Was 46th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Tsongas missed 8.2% of votes (58 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Tsongas’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 106th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Tsongas cosponsored 257 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 (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

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); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Tsongas introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Tsongas’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 3186: Every Kid Outdoors Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Tsongas supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Tsongas 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Tsongas cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.