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Rep. Stephen Lynch’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 8th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Lynch’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Lynch’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Lynch supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lynch 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lynch cosponsored H.R. 917: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Lynch introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Lynch’s bills and resolutions had 202 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Of the 152 bills that Lynch cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Was 11th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lynch missed 13.6% of votes (87 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Lynch’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Ranked the 39th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lynch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 62nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

3 of Lynch’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 961: United States Postal Service Stabilization ...; H.R. 1367: FEHBP Prescription Drug Integrity, Transparency, ...; H.R. 2185: Veterans Day Moment of Silence ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Ranked 105th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lynch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lynch introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lynch introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Lynch tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 33% of Lynch’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Lynch 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 Lynch’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Lynch cosponsored 152 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (51st 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.