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Rep. Ami Bera’s 2016 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 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 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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

3rd most bipartisan among House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 216 bills that Bera cosponsored, 44% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 2nd most bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
House Sophomores 3rd most bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Democrats 20th most bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 21st most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

3rd worst score among House Sophomores

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 Bera’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
California Delegation 7th worst score out of 52
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House Sophomores 3rd worst score out of 73
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House Democrats 25th worst score out of 191
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All Representatives 46th worst score out of 439
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Cosponsors

4th fewest cosponsors among House Sophomores

Bera’s bills and resolutions had 52 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
California Delegation 7th fewest cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 4th fewest cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 24th fewest cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 57th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

6th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 6 others

Bera introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 52 3
53 bills View All
House Sophomores 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Democrats 40th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 98th fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

8th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 6 others

Bera tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Bera’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 52 0
22 bills View All
House Sophomores 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Democrats 43rd fewest bills (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 100th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

12th least supportive among California Delegation; tied with 7 others

GovTrack looked at whether Bera supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bera 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation 12th least supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 52 0
10 points View All
House Sophomores 16th least supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 9th least supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Missed Votes

15th most voting among California Delegation; tied with 1 other

Bera missed 1.4% of votes (18 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Bera’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 15th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 25th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 132nd most voting (tied w/ 10) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

22nd fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 1 other

Bera cosponsored 216 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 12th fewest bills out of 52 14
801 bills View All
House Sophomores 13th fewest bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Democrats 22nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 130th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

17th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 12 others

2 of Bera’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. 395: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 6227: Grid Cybersecurity Research and Development ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 52 0
19 bills View All
House Sophomores 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Democrats 46th fewest bills (tied w/ 30) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 119th fewest bills (tied w/ 72) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bera introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation fewest bills along with 16 others out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 16) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 81 others out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Bera’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
California Delegation lowest score along with 16 others out of 52 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 47 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 73 others out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 33) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 80) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Bera 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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation fewest bills along with 29 others out of 52 0
5 View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 39 others out of 73 0
5 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 105 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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.