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Rep. Stephen Lynch’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Lynch’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lynch introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3802: To extend the legislative authority ...; H.R. 5229: Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

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 (80th 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 18 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Lynch cosponsored 231 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 (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 29th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 44% of Lynch’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Was 32nd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lynch missed 9.1% of votes (110 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Lynch’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 47th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

6 of Lynch’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress 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 ...; H.R. 3802: To extend the legislative authority ...; H.R. 4022: Security Clearance Reform Act of ...; H.R. 5229: Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lynch introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 3802: To extend the legislative authority ...; H.R. 4241: Act to Ban Zohydro

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

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 (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 231 bills that Lynch cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Lynch’s bills and resolutions had 260 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. 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 (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lynch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lynch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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 the 113th Congress) 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.