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Rep. Thomas “Tip” O’Neill Jr.

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 8th District

O’Neill was the representative for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1986.

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 1953 to 1962.

Photo of Rep. Thomas “Tip” O’Neill [D-MA8, 1963-1986]

Enacted Legislation

O’Neill 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

Some of O’Neill’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1953 to Oct 1986, O’Neill missed 565 of 5,481 roll call votes, which is 10.3%. This is worse than the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1986. 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: