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Rep. Stephen Lynch’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 8th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Lynch’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Lynch cosponsored 216 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 (58th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 11 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lynch introduced 3 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 760: Postal Service Financial Improvement Act ...; H.R. 2464: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 2622: Countering Terrorist Financing Act of ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Lynch’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked the 20th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lynch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 73rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Lynch’s bills and resolutions had 360 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 72nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Lynch introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Ranked 85th most politically left 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lynch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lynch introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 2622: Countering Terrorist Financing Act of ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Lynch’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 2762: White House Ethics Transparency Act ...; H.R. 2908: Climate Change National Security Strategy ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

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. 2315: To posthumously award the Congressional ...; H.Con.Res. 83: Authorizing the use of Emancipation ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th 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 (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 216 bills that Lynch cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (41st 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.


 

Missed Votes

Lynch missed 2.4% of votes (17 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Lynch’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lynch supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lynch 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lynch cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.