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Rep. Ami Bera’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from California's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Bera’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Bera’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 fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

Bera introduced 6 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (2nd percentile); California Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 236 bills that Bera cosponsored, 42% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); California Delegation (94th percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Was 4th most present in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Bera missed 0.5% of votes (6 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Bera’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (9th percentile); California Delegation (6th percentile); House Freshmen (12th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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 the 11th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to California Delegation

Bera’s bills and resolutions had 85 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Competitive House Seats (20th percentile); California Delegation (19th percentile); House Freshmen (29th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 9 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Bera’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. 2484: Conrad State 30 and Physician ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (20th percentile); California Delegation (21st percentile); House Freshmen (37th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 51st fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Bera cosponsored 236 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 Competitive House Seats (25th percentile); California Delegation (36th percentile); House Freshmen (46th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bera introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Bera’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.

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Committee Positions

Bera held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Bera’s Profile »

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Laws Enacted

Bera introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bera supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bera 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.