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Rep. Seth Moulton’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Moulton’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Moulton’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.

 

Working with the Senate

the fewest bills among Massachusetts Delegation; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Moulton’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 0
6 bills View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 19 others out of 66 0
8 bills View All
House Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 33) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 80) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

2nd most voting among Massachusetts Delegation

Moulton missed 0.9% of votes (12 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Moulton’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most voting out of 9 1
5% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 20th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 64 0
10% missed votes View All
All Representatives 76th most voting (tied w/ 7) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Leadership Score

3rd best score among House Freshmen

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Moulton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd best score out of 9
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House Freshmen 3rd best score out of 66
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House Democrats 13th best score out of 191
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All Representatives 77th best score out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

3rd fewest bills among Massachusetts Delegation

Moulton cosponsored 287 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 9 241
786 bills View All
House Freshmen 18th most bills out of 66 1
584 bills View All
House Democrats 53rd fewest bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 195th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

2nd most bills among Massachusetts Delegation; tied with 2 others

Moulton introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 4352: Faster Care for Veterans Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
3 View All
House Freshmen 10th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 66 0
5 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Cosponsors

5th most cosponsors among House Freshmen

Moulton’s bills and resolutions had 370 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most cosponsors out of 9 68
743 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 5th most cosponsors out of 66 0
681 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 62nd most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 127th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

5th most bipartisan among House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 287 bills that Moulton cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most bipartisan out of 9 23
50% of bills View All
House Freshmen 5th most bipartisan out of 64 3
59% of bills View All
House Democrats 39th most bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 41st most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

4th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 3 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Moulton’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 2
11 bills View All
House Freshmen 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 66 0
21 bills View All
House Democrats 30th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 89th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

8th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 2 others

6 of Moulton’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 2670: Microloan Modernization Act of 2015; H.R. 2671: Recruit Act; H.R. 2672: Train Act; H.R. 2673: Retain Act; H.R. 2674: Flexibility and Oversight Act; H.R. 4352: Faster Care for Veterans Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 0
7 bills View All
House Freshmen 8th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 66 0
13 bills View All
House Democrats 32nd most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 70th most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

8th most supportive among House Freshmen; tied with 3 others

GovTrack looked at whether Moulton supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Moulton 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 4006: Statutes at Large Modernization Act; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Massachusetts Delegation 4th most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 9 0
8 points View All
House Freshmen 8th most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 66 0
8 points View All
House Democrats 58th most supportive (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 67th most supportive (tied w/ 29) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

23rd most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 14 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Moulton introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2670: Microloan Modernization Act of 2015; H.R. 5625: Modernizing Government Travel Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
3 bills View All
House Freshmen 23rd most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 66 0
12 bills View All
House Democrats 18th most bills (tied w/ 32) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bills (tied w/ 86) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

38th most conservative among House Democrats

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Moulton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Massachusetts Delegation 2nd most conservative out of 9
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House Freshmen 15th most liberal out of 66
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House Democrats 38th most conservative out of 191
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All Representatives 155th most liberal out of 439
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Bills Introduced

40th fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 9 others

Moulton introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Massachusetts Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 6
20 bills View All
House Freshmen 24th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 66 0
26 bills View All
House Democrats 40th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 98th fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Moulton held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Moulton’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Massachusetts Delegation highest score along with 6 others out of 9 0
1 points View All
House Freshmen highest score along with 28 others out of 66 0
1 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All

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.

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.