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Rep. Al Green’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Green’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 Green’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 2nd most often compared to Texas Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Green supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Green 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Green cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Texas Delegation

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Green’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

6 of Green’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. 13: Recognizing the significance of Black ...; H.R. 126: Students Voicing Opinions in Today’s ...; H.R. 934: Redistricting and Voter Protection Act ...; H.R. 2033: Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act ...; H.R. 3347: Byron Nash Renal Medullary Carcinoma ...; H.Con.Res. 2: Honoring and praising the National ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 145 bills that Green cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (48th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 28th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Green cosponsored 145 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 Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (34th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 43rd lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives

Green tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 20% of Green’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 49th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Green introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Was 102nd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Green missed 3.8% of votes (27 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Green’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (76th 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.


 

Got the 108th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Green’s bills and resolutions had 264 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 Texas Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Green 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 Texas 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. Green introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Texas 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 Green’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 Texas 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

Green 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 Green’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Green’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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.