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Rep. Alma Adams’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 12th District
Democrat
Serving Nov 12, 2014 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Adams’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Adams’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 most liberal compared to North Carolina 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Adams’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (8th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen

Adams missed 10.1% of votes (71 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Adams’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Freshmen (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to North Carolina Delegation

4 of Adams’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 128: Recognizing the significance of the ...; H.R. 922: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ...; H.R. 1161: American Civil Rights Cities Act; H.Con.Res. 80: Expressing the sense of the ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to North Carolina Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Adams supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Adams 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Adams cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to House Freshmen

Adams tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 36% of Adams’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (25th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Adams introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Adams’s bills and resolutions had 178 cosponsors in 2015. 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 North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Ranked the 15th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Adams’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); House Freshmen (77th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 35th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Adams cosponsored 155 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 North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 36th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 155 bills that Adams cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Adams introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Adams introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3735: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Adams’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 North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Adams 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 Adams’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 2015) 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.