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Rep. Anthony Brown’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Maryland's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Brown’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 Brown’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 most often compared to Maryland Delegation

5 of Brown’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. 511: Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking ...; H.R. 563: DD-214 Modernization Act; H.R. 3176: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 4746: Transgender Military Service Reporting Act ...; H.R. 5503: The Commuter Parkway Safety and ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Maryland Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Brown’s 33 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Brown caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

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


 

Was most present in votes compared to Maryland Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Brown missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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 bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Maryland Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Brown’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. 563: DD-214 Modernization Act

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to House Sophomores

Brown introduced 33 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Brown held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brown introduced 4 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2756: Developing the National Security Workforce ...; H.R. 3087: To make improvements to the ...; H.R. 3176: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3177: National Defense Accelerator Network Act ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (91st percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Brown introduced 4 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 2756: Developing the National Security Workforce ...; H.R. 3087: To make improvements to the ...; H.R. 3176: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3177: National Defense Accelerator Network Act ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Brown’s bills and resolutions had 451 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 Maryland Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to House Sophomores

Of the 330 bills that Brown cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (51st percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 11th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 14th most bills compared to House Sophomores

Brown cosponsored 330 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 Maryland Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (75th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (71st 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.