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Rep. Seth Moulton’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Moulton’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Moulton missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Moulton’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 386 bills that Moulton cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Moulton introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to House Sophomores

Moulton cosponsored 386 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 (78th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Moulton introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 274: Modernizing Government Travel Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 3095: Veterans ACCESS Act; H.R. 3174: CHANCE in TECH Act; H.Con.Res. 65: Honoring David Américo Ortiz Arias, ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (82nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Moulton supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Moulton 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Moulton cosponsored H.R. 2678: ETHICS Act of 2017; H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

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. View Moulton’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Moulton’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Res. 353: Supporting a democratic Hungary and ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Moulton tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6 of Moulton’s 7 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Moulton introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 274: Modernizing Government Travel Act

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Moulton’s bills and resolutions had 172 cosponsors in 2017. 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); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.