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Rep. Adam Schiff’s 2022 Report Card

Representative from California's 28th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Schiff’s record during the 117th Congress (Jan 3, 2021-Jan 3, 2023) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Feb 12, 2023.

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.

 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Schiff’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

16 of Schiff’s bills and resolutions in the 117th 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. 240: Calling on Azerbaijan to immediately …; H.Res. 1095: Responding to widening threats to …; H.Res. 1351: Condemning Azerbaijan’s unprovoked military attack …; H.R. 2814: Equal Access to Justice for …; H.R. 3356: HAVANA Act of 2021; H.R. 5314: Protecting Our Democracy Act; H.R. 6008: See the Board Act; H.R. 6117: PrEP Access and Coverage Act; H.R. 6934: Food for Thought Act of …; H.R. 7660: RAISE Act of 2022; H.R. 7852: Federal Employees Sustainable Investment Act; H.R. 8271: ATF DATA Act; H.R. 8544: Deter PRC Support to the …; H.R. 9460: Stop Transnational Repression Act; H.R. 9558: Student Loan Relief for Medicare …; H.J.Res. 80: Proposing an amendment to the …

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Was 12th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 9 others)

Schiff missed 0.2% of votes (2 of 998 votes) in the 117th Congress. View Schiff’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th 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.


 

Wrote the 13th fewest laws compared to California Delegation (tied with 11 others)

Schiff introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 117th 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. 3356: HAVANA Act of 2021

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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.


 

Got the 29th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Schiff’s bills and resolutions had 1,097 cosponsors in the 117th 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 (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 29th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 117th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schiff’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 79th 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 the 117th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schiff’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 75th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schiff introduced 6 bills in the 117th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2814: Equal Access to Justice for …; H.R. 3356: HAVANA Act of 2021; H.R. 5314: Protecting Our Democracy Act; H.R. 5412: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal …; H.R. 8367: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal …; H.R. 9251: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 110th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 443 bills that Schiff cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Schiff introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 117th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 838: Supporting Children with Disabilities During …; H.R. 2814: Equal Access to Justice for …; H.R. 6117: PrEP Access and Coverage Act; H.R. 7660: RAISE Act of 2022; H.R. 8514: SWIMS Act of 2022

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Schiff’s 32 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Schiff caucused with in the 117th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Schiff cosponsored 443 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 (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 117th Congress) was the 117th Congress (freshmen) or 116th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.