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Rep. Al Green’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Green’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 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 115th 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 (18th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to Texas Delegation

9 of Green’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.Res. 79: Original Black History Month Resolution ...; H.Res. 492: Expressing concern for the separation ...; H.Res. 755: Original Black History Month Resolution ...; H.Res. 972: Original LGBTQ Pride Month Resolution ...; H.R. 151: Redistricting and Voter Protection Act ...; H.R. 6654: To prohibit the transfer of ...; H.R. 7281: Driver and Officer Safety Education ...; H.Con.Res. 108: Original NAACP Resolution of 2018; H.J.Res. 115: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to Texas Delegation

Green cosponsored 327 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 (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th least often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Green introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 646: Impeaching Donald John Trump, President ...; H.Res. 705: Impeaching Donald John Trump, President ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 10th least oftenn compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Green supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Green 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Green cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 17th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 327 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 (32nd percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 30th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Green introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got the 34th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Green’s bills and resolutions had 767 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 Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 47th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 Green’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Green introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 419: Encouraging the celebration of the ...; H.Res. 972: Original LGBTQ Pride Month Resolution ...; H.Res. 1104: Supporting the goals and ideals ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th 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. 8 of Green’s 38 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Green caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd 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 (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Green missed 1.9% of votes (23 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Green’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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 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.