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Rep. Al Green’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Green’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Ranked 2nd 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Green’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to Texas Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Green supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Green 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Green sponsored H.R. 3348: PROTECT Act of 2015

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 (88th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.Res. 699: Promoting minority health awareness and ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 254 bills that Green cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

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


 

Got the 32nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Green’s bills and resolutions had 517 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 34th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Green cosponsored 254 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 (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 35th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

9 of Green’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 13: Recognizing the significance of Black ...; H.Res. 597: Original Black History Month Resolution ...; H.Res. 714: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 889: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; 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 (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the 51st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Green introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Green introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress 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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

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 (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Green’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Green introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 251: Homes for Heroes Act of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Green tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7 of Green’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Green missed 4.1% of votes (54 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Green’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Representatives (70th 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.


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 114th Congress) 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.