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Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Spanberger’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Spanberger’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Spanberger’s 27 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Spanberger caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Freshmen (95th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked 8th most politically right compared to House Democrats

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Spanberger’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th most often compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 581 bills that Spanberger cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (57th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 6 others)

6 of Spanberger’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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.Res. 1082: Expressing the sense of the …; H.R. 2881: Secure 5G and Beyond Act …; H.R. 5637: Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection …; H.R. 7200: TRUST in Congress Act; H.R. 8622: ADVANCE Act; H.J.Res. 64: Providing for congressional disapproval of …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (86th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 15th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Spanberger’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.Res. 1082: Expressing the sense of the …; H.R. 1177: Stop the Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary …; H.R. 2881: Secure 5G and Beyond Act …; H.R. 3588: End National Defense Network Abuse …; H.R. 4850: Biologic Patent Transparency Act; H.R. 7393: Growing Climate Solutions Act of …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 19th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Spanberger cosponsored 581 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 Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Freshmen (80th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Spanberger’s bills and resolutions had 374 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (80th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 21st top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Spanberger’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (78th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Was 34th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 10 others)

Spanberger missed 0.3% of votes (3 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Spanberger’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); House Freshmen (19th percentile); All Representatives (8th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Spanberger introduced 3 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2115: Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts …; H.R. 2881: Secure 5G and Beyond Act …; H.R. 4975: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Spanberger introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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. 2881: Secure 5G and Beyond Act …; H.R. 4975: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Spanberger introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Spanberger 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 Spanberger’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.