Lynch is the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Lynch is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 2001 to 2012.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Lynch.
Lynch 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Lynch has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 11, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Stephen Lynch sits on the following committees:
Lynch was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 389 (116th): Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act
- H.R. 390 (116th): To establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107-62, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1037 (115th): To authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2464 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 New Chardon Street Lobby in Boston, Massachusetts, as the “John Fitzgerald Kennedy Post Office”.
- H.R. 2622 (115th): Countering Terrorist Financing Act of 2017
- H.R. 1670 (114th): National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015
- H.R. 313 (114th): Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015
Does 9 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).
Lynch sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (33%) Transportation and Public Works (23%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Health (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) International Affairs (7%) Energy (5%)
Some of Lynch’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3521: To modernize the fleet of delivery vehicles used by the Postal Service with ...
- H.Res. 407: Expressing support for the designation of September 2021 as “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness ...
- H.R. 3156: To reestablish the Commission on Wartime Contracting, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1641: Promoting Infrastructure by Protecting Our Subcontractors and Taxpayers Act
- H.R. 1463: Ensuring Health Safety in the Skies Act of 2021
- H.R. 1462: Civil Aviation Security and Safety Act of 2021
- H.R. 1461: White House Ethics Transparency Act of 2021
From Oct 2001 to May 2021, Lynch missed 469 of 13,022 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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.
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