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Rep. Ben Luján’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New Mexico's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Luján’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Luján’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 bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Luján’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. 1080: IDEA MOE Adjustment Act; H.R. 1081: STEM 2 Act; H.R. 1406: New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement ...; H.R. 2174: Native American Languages Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 2480: CCM-CARE Act; H.R. 3602: Gold King Mine Spill Recovery ...

Compare to all House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 38th most 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Luján’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 44th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 168 bills that Luján cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 47th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Luján cosponsored 168 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 House Democrats (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 41st least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

1 of Luján’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 4179: Fair and Clear Campaign Transparency ...

Compare to all House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Was 60th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Luján missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Luján’s Profile »

Compare to all Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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.


 

Ranked the 96th bottom/follower 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Luján’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Democrats (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Luján introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1406: New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement ...

Compare to all House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Luján introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Luján introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1820: To authorize the Secretary of ...

Compare to all House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Luján tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 36% of Luján’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Luján 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 Luján’s Profile »

Compare to all House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Luján’s bills and resolutions had 98 cosponsors in 2015. 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 House Democrats (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Luján supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Luján 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Luján cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 2015) 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.