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Rep. Stephen Lynch

Representative for Massachusetts’s 8th District

pronounced STEE-vun // linch


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.

Rep. Stephen Lynch is currently serving as a proxy for Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2] (since Jul 27, 2020) under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Lynch.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Committee Membership

Stephen Lynch sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lynch was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lynch voted Nay

Passed 418/2 on Jan 17, 2018.

H.R. 4279 directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend its rules to enable closed-end funds that meet certain requirements to be considered “well-known ...

Lynch voted Yea

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 ...

Lynch voted Nay

Passed 417/3 on Apr 6, 2017.

Access to financial capital is vital for entrepreneurs seeking to start up, operate or expand businesses. At the same time, according to the Committee on ...

Lynch 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 ...

Lynch voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Lynch voted Aye

Lynch voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: