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Rep. Alan Lowenthal’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 47th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Lowenthal’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 Lowenthal’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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to House Sophomores

11 of Lowenthal’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. 225: Recognizing the 40th anniversary of ...; H.Res. 289: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 728: Supporting human rights, democracy, and ...; H.R. 590: International Human Rights Defense Act ...; H.R. 1308: Economy in Motion: The National ...; H.R. 2430: America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act; H.R. 3289: Natural Gas Environmental and Economic ...; H.R. 3977: Trash Reduction Act of 2015; H.R. 4389: Ensuring the Taxpayer a Fair ...; H.R. 4480: Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act; H.R. 6323: To name the Department of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most politically left compared to House Sophomores

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 Lowenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (10th percentile); House Sophomores (3rd percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Was 8th most present in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Lowenthal missed 1.0% of votes (13 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Lowenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (13th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 10th most bills compared to All Representatives

Lowenthal cosponsored 655 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 California Delegation (94th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 37th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

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

Lowenthal cosponsored H.R. 367: Campaign Sunlight Act of 2015; H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 4006: Statutes at Large Modernization Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got the 80th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lowenthal’s bills and resolutions had 511 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 California Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (82nd percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lowenthal 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. 6323: To name the Department of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (55th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Lowenthal introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.Res. 728: Supporting human rights, democracy, and ...

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Lowenthal’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. 590: International Human Rights Defense Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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. 7 of Lowenthal’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Lowenthal 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 Lowenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 655 bills that Lowenthal cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (54th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

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 Lowenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (58th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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.