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Rep. Adam Schiff’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from California's 28th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Schiff’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 Schiff’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 9th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Schiff supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Schiff 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schiff sponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 27th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Schiff missed 1.2% of votes (14 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Schiff’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (24th 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 44th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schiff’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 64th most bills compared to All Representatives

Schiff cosponsored 376 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 California Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 45th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 41 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Schiff’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. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Schiff tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 29% of Schiff’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Schiff’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. 332: Equal Access to Justice for ...; H.R. 3902: Child Protection Improvements Act of ...; H.J.Res. 31: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Schiff’s bills and resolutions had 193 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 California Delegation (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Schiff 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 California 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Schiff introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Schiff 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 Schiff’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schiff introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Schiff’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 376 bills that Schiff cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


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.