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Rep. Barbara Lee’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 13th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Lee’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 most politically left 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 116th 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 (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 1133 bills that Lee cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Lee’s bills and resolutions had 1,850 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to All Representatives

Lee cosponsored 1,133 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 (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 15th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

14 of Lee’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 388: Supporting the goals and ideals …; H.Res. 562: Expressing condolences and long-term support …; H.Res. 574: Supporting the teaching of climate …; H.Res. 606: Calling for sickle cell trait …; H.Res. 1223: Supporting the goals of World …; H.R. 1456: Marijuana Justice Act of 2019; H.R. 1533: Improving Access to Mental Health …; H.R. 1692: Equal Access to Abortion Coverage …; H.R. 1880: Women and Climate Change Act …; H.R. 2456: To repeal the Authorization for …; H.R. 2720: Real Education for Healthy Youth …; H.R. 2809: Improving Access to Nutrition Act …; H.R. 6054: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of …; H.R. 7217: Confederate Monument Removal Act

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 27th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Lee introduced 52 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 33rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 24 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lee introduced 1 bill in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1923: Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act …

Compare to all California Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Was 48th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Lee missed 1.4% of votes (13 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got bicameral support on the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 1024: Recognizing the 75th anniversary of …; H.R. 1151: Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor …; H.R. 1456: Marijuana Justice Act of 2019; H.R. 1692: Equal Access to Abortion Coverage …; H.R. 1880: Women and Climate Change Act …; H.R. 2923: Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2019; H.R. 5066: Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act …; H.R. 8192: COVID Community Care Act

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Lee introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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. 1923: Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act …

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Lee’s 52 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lee caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Lee held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.