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Rep. Richard Neal’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Neal’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 218 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 (29th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

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 (78th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Neal introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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 (63rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Neal introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Neal’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Neal caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Neal introduced 11 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 904: Directing the Clerk of the ...; 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. 2877: To add Ireland to the ...; H.R. 3300: Economic Mobility Act of 2019; H.R. 3417: Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and ...; H.R. 5825: To amend the Internal Revenue ...; H.R. 5826: Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical ...; H.R. 9051: CASH Act of 2020

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 54th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

9 of Neal’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress 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 ...; H.R. 4540: Public Servants Protection and Fairness ...; H.R. 5826: Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical ...; H.R. 8696: Securing a Strong Retirement Act ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 34 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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 ...; H.R. 7110: Warren Cowles Grade Crossing Safety ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 95th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Neal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 111th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 218 bills that Neal cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Neal’s bills and resolutions had 521 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Neal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Neal missed 1.6% of votes (15 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Neal’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 the 116th Congress) 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.