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Rep. Alan Grayson’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 9th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Grayson’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 Grayson’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 most bills compared to All Representatives

Grayson introduced 106 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Florida 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 Grayson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (7th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to Florida Delegation

Grayson cosponsored 372 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 Florida Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Grayson’s 106 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 65th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Grayson’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.R. 1243: Fiscal Sanity Act for the ...; H.R. 1245: Fiscal Sanity Act for the ...; H.R. 4012: SAVE Benefits Act; H.R. 6309: Patents for Humanity Program Improvement ...; H.R. 6321: Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Grayson introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (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.


 

Committee Positions

Grayson 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 Grayson’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Grayson supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Grayson 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Grayson cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Grayson’s bills and resolutions had 338 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 Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Grayson’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. 279: Urging respect for freedom of ...; H.R. 189: Servicemember Foreclosure Protections Extension Act ...; H.R. 3308: Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 372 bills that Grayson cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (70th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th 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.


 

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 Grayson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (41st percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grayson introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 189: Servicemember Foreclosure Protections Extension Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (41st percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th 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 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.