Neal is the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Neal is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1989 to 2012.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Neal.
Neal 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Neal has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 25, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Neal sits on the following committees:
Neal was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1994: Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019
- H.R. 430: TANF Extension Act of 2019
- H.R. 1235 (115th): Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 5776 (115th): MOST Act
- H.R. 2452 (111th): Net Operating Loss (NOL) Carryback Act
- H.R. 1900 (108th): To award a congressional gold medal to Jackie Robinson (posthumously), in recognition of his many contributions to the Nation, and to express the sense of the Congress ...
- H.R. 4184 (102nd): To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Northampton, Massachusetts, as the “Edward P. Boland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”.
Does 8 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).
Neal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Neal’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8079: Elder Justice Reauthorization Act of 2020
- H.R. 7110: Warren Cowles Grade Crossing Safety Act
- H.Res. 904: Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make corrections in the ...
- H.R. 5826: Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020
- H.R. 5825: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for reporting by ...
- H.R. 4540: Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act
- H.R. 3417: Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and Extenders Reauthorization Act of2019
From Jan 1989 to Sep 2020, Neal missed 1,059 of 19,915 roll call votes, which is 5.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills