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Rep. Andy Kim’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Kim’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Kim’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 the bottom/follower compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kim’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to New Jersey Delegation

Kim missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Kim’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to New Jersey Delegation

Kim held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Kim’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Kim’s bills and resolutions had 85 cosponsors in 2019. 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 New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Kim introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (67th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 3 others)

2 of Kim’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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.R. 1385: SAVE Act; H.R. 2673: Small Business Regulatory Relief Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (51st percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 15th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Kim’s 13 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Kim caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st most often compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 307 bills that Kim cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 27th most right (~conservative) compared to House Democrats

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kim’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (46th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 31st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 27 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kim introduced 5 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1385: SAVE Act; H.R. 2819: Gold Star Families National Monument ...; H.R. 3661: Patriotic Employer Protection Act of ...; H.R. 4360: VA Overpayment Accountability Act; H.R. 4671: Helping Seniors Afford Health Care ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Kim introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Kim’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. 1385: SAVE Act; H.R. 2819: Gold Star Families National Monument ...; H.R. 3191: Spouse Employment Reciprocity and Vocational ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Kim cosponsored 307 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 New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.