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Rep. Richard Neal’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Neal’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Neal’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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Neal cosponsored 136 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Neal introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 430: TANF Extension Act of 2019; H.R. 1994: Setting Every Community Up for ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Neal held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Neal’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most politically right compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Neal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Neal’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. 2877: To add Ireland to the ...; H.R. 3002: To provide for the carriage ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Neal introduced 6 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 397: Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act ...; H.R. 430: TANF Extension Act of 2019; H.R. 1994: Setting Every Community Up for ...; H.R. 2113: Prescription Drug STAR Act; H.R. 3300: Economic Mobility Act of 2019; H.R. 3417: Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 45th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 30 others)

6 of Neal’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 397: Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act ...; H.R. 430: TANF Extension Act of 2019; H.R. 1994: Setting Every Community Up for ...; H.R. 2113: Prescription Drug STAR Act; H.R. 3406: To amend title XVIII of ...; H.R. 3417: Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 87th top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Neal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got the 108th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Neal’s bills and resolutions had 372 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Neal introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Neal’s 13 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Neal caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 136 bills that Neal cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Neal missed 1.7% of votes (12 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Neal’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.