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Rep. Adam Schiff’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from California's 28th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Schiff’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Was 4th most present in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Schiff missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Schiff’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); California Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (9th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Schiff cosponsored 281 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Schiff introduced 6 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); California Delegation (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 281 bills that Schiff cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (56th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 28th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 15 others)

4 of Schiff’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 117: Recognizing the importance of vaccinations ...; H.R. 4019: Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement ...; H.R. 4073: Child Protection Improvements Act of ...; H.J.Res. 58: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); California Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Schiff introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schiff introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Schiff held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Schiff’s bills and resolutions had 168 cosponsors in 2015. 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); California Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Schiff supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Schiff 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schiff cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); California Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.