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 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 2001 to 2012.
Read our 2019 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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Aug 7, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Stephen Lynch sits on the following committees:
Lynch was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 390: To establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107-62, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1037: 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: 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
- H.R. 995 (114th): Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act
Does 8 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 (36%) Transportation and Public Works (21%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) International Affairs (6%) Health (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Lynch’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7462: Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Improvement Act of 2020
- H.R. 7365: Green Buses for Every Community Act
- H.R. 7219: Digital Overseas Voting Act
- H.R. 7177: Ensuring Health Safety in the Skies Act of 2020
- H.R. 6908: Afghanistan Security and Reconstruction Transparency Act
- H.R. 6607: Strategic National Stockpile Enhancement and Transparency Act
- H.R. 6358: To authorize supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for community development block grants, ...
From Oct 2001 to Jul 2020, Lynch missed 466 of 12,791 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% 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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