Rep. Richard Neal

Representative from Massachusetts’s 1st District, Democrat

Neal, a Democrat, is the representative for Massachusetts's 1st congressional district and has served since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2018) (map).

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district (1989-2012).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Neal.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Neal has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Neal is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Richard Neal sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

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

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Neal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (47%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (35%) Health (12%) Sports and Recreation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Neal’s Vote Vote Description
No H.Res. 546: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 22) to authorize funds for Federal-aid ...
Dec 3, 2015. Passed 384/40.
Nay 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 ...
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 ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.Res. 23 (113th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 152) making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September ...
Jan 15, 2013. Passed 367/52.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye 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 ...
Nay H.R. 2346 (111th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
May 14, 2009. Passed 368/60.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Mar 2017, Neal missed 1,006 of 17,977 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. 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.

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Primary Sources

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