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Rep. Barbara Lee’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 13th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Lee’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2017. The statistics were updated to correct a problem in the way we counted enacted laws.

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 Lee’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

2nd least bipartisan among House Democrats

Of the 781 bills that Lee cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 6th least bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 53rd least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 2nd least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 163rd least 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.

 

Ideology Score

3rd most liberal among All Representatives

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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
California Delegation the most liberal out of 52
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Serving 10+ Years 3rd most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats 3rd most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 3rd most liberal out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

7th most bills among All Representatives

Lee cosponsored 781 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 2nd most bills out of 52 14
801 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th most bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 7th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 7th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

6th most bills among California Delegation; tied with 4 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Lee’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.Res. 157: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 284: Recognizing the significance of National ...; H.Res. 760: Recognizing the significance of National ...; H.Res. 948: Honoring the individuals who lost ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 38th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 37th most bills (tied w/ 24) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 81st most bills (tied w/ 42) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

12th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Lee introduced 44 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 2nd most bills out of 52 3
53 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 10th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 8th most bills out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

19th most absent among All Representatives

Lee missed 10.1% of votes (134 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Lee’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 2nd most absent out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most absent out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 19th most absent 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.

 

Cosponsors

20th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Lee’s bills and resolutions had 856 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 3rd most cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 11th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 9th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 20th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

24th best score among House Democrats

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 Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
California Delegation 7th best score out of 52
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Serving 10+ Years 51st best score out of 185
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House Democrats 24th best score out of 191
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All Representatives 109th best score out of 439
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Government Transparency

45th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 21 others

GovTrack looked at whether Lee supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lee 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation 11th most supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 40th most supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 45th most supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

128th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 39 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Lee’s 44 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 17th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 51st most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 49th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

127th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 50 others

4 of Lee’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. 263: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 948: Honoring the individuals who lost ...; H.R. 2721: Pathways Out of Poverty Act ...; H.R. 2972: Equal Access to Abortion Coverage ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 17th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
19 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 64th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 60th most bills (tied w/ 24) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 127th most bills (tied w/ 50) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lee 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
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 55 others out of 185 0
22 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

Lee 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 Lee’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
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 38) out of 185 0
10 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
 

Laws Enacted

Lee 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 32 others out of 52 0
5 View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 97 others out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 113 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 238 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.