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Rep. Al Green’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Texas Delegation

Green introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Texas Delegation

Of the 219 bills that Green cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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 3rd most often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

5 of Green’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 17: Expressing concern over the detention ...; H.Res. 154: Original NAACP Resolution of 2019; H.Res. 333: Promoting and supporting the goals ...; H.Res. 464: Encouraging the celebration of the ...; H.R. 4713: Department of Homeland Security Office ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Green’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th most bills compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Green’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Green caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Texas Delegation

Green’s bills and resolutions had 404 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th top leader compared to Texas Delegation

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Green’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Was 5th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Green missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Green’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 33rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Green cosponsored 219 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 (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 31st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 27 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Green introduced 5 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 498: Impeaching Donald John Trump, President ...; H.R. 123: FHA Additional Credit Pilot Program ...; H.R. 2515: Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of ...; H.R. 3702: Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of ...; H.R. 4713: Department of Homeland Security Office ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Green introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 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); 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 (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.