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Rep. Seth Moulton

Representative for Massachusetts’s 6th District

pronounced seth // MUL-tun

Moulton is the representative for Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Moulton is next up for reelection in 2020.

Moulton is running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in office:

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Moulton.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Moulton 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Moulton has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Seth Moulton sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 4 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Moulton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (35%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Social Welfare (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Commerce (8%) International Affairs (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Animals (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Moulton voted Yea

Passed 264/143 on Mar 6, 2018.

H.R. 4607 amends the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA) to require the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and each ...

Moulton voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Moulton voted Nay

Passed 348/77 on Sep 28, 2016.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a federal commission was created to fact-find as much information as possible about the planning, funding, and carrying-out ...

Moulton voted Nay

Moulton voted Nay

Passed 385/34 on Jul 29, 2015.

The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act (H.R. 3236) was passed in both both chambers by votes of 385–34 in the House ...

Moulton voted No

Moulton voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Moulton voted Aye

Passed 225/152 on Jun 1, 2015.

H.R. 1335 would: - Double the amount of time an emergency regulation can adjust a fishery management plan. - Add economic impact to "fishing communities" ...

Moulton voted No

Moulton voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Oct 2019, Moulton missed 128 of 3,102 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% 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. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.

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Primary Sources

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