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Rep. Barbara Lee’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 13th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Lee’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 751 bills that Lee cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (1st percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

12 of Lee’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 49: Recognizing the anniversary of the ...; H.Res. 332: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 539: Calling for sickle-cell trait research, ...; H.Res. 593: Recognizing the importance of a ...; H.R. 332: Peace Corps Stamp Act; H.R. 334: Victims of Agent Orange Relief ...; H.R. 771: Equal Access to Abortion Coverage ...; H.R. 1739: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of ...; H.R. 4815: Marijuana Justice Act of 2018; H.R. 5942: Health Equity and Accountability Act ...; H.Con.Res. 74: Affirming the right of all ...; H.Con.Res. 120: Supporting a bold and sustained ...

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Lee’s bills and resolutions had 1,217 cosponsors in the 115th 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 California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lee introduced 52 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 13th most bills compared to All Representatives

Lee cosponsored 751 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 California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 20th top leader compared to 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 32nd most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Lee’s 52 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lee caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lee introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lee introduced 0 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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. 387: Congratulating the Golden State Warriors ...; H.Res. 940: Congratulating the Golden State Warriors ...; H.R. 1739: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of ...; H.R. 3701: Confederate Monument Removal Act

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

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. View Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lee missed 1.9% of votes (23 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lee supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lee 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lee cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.