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Rep. Adam Smith’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Smith’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 Smith’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 most committee positions compared to Washington Delegation

Smith 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 Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Smith introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Smith’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. 1088: Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Smith missed 18.8% of votes (132 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th 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 193 bills that Smith cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Smith 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 Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (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. Smith introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Smith’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.R. 955: To authorize assistance and sustainment ...; H.R. 1088: Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of ...; H.R. 3410: Rural Economic Vitalization Act

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Smith cosponsored 193 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 Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Smith’s bills and resolutions had 108 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 Washington Delegation (30th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Smith cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th 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.