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Rep. Adriano Espaillat’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from New York's 13th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Espaillat’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Espaillat’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.

 

Ranked 4th most liberal compared to House Freshmen

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Espaillat’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (4th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Espaillat cosponsored 522 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 New York Delegation (85th percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Espaillat’s bills and resolutions had 394 cosponsors in the 115th 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 New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Was 6th most present in votes compared to New York Delegation

Espaillat missed 1.1% of votes (13 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Espaillat’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); All Representatives (21st 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.


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Espaillat introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Espaillat’s 27 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Espaillat caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 16th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Espaillat’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 33rd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 522 bills that Espaillat cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 52nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 19 others)

7 of Espaillat’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 739: This Land Is Our Land ...; H.R. 1608: ICE and CBP Body Camera ...; H.R. 1815: Protecting Sensitive Locations Act; H.R. 2845: Jumpstart on College Act; H.R. 3660: No Federal Funding for Confederate ...; H.R. 6368: Encouraging Small Business Innovators; H.R. 6594: REUNITE Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Espaillat introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 4405: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4406: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Espaillat introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4405: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4406: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6368: Encouraging Small Business Innovators

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (45th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Espaillat’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. 72: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 754: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.R. 4406: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Espaillat held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Espaillat’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Espaillat supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Espaillat 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Espaillat cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (54th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.