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Rep. Ben Luján’s 2019 Report Card

Assistant Speaker of the House
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 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.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Luján was busy being Assistant Speaker of the House, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to House Party Leaders

Luján cosponsored 377 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 Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Ranked most politically left compared to House Party Leaders

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 Luján’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 912: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; H.R. 1277: State Public Option Act; H.R. 1567: Prompt and Fast Action to ...; H.R. 2181: Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection ...; H.R. 2597: Clean Energy Standard Act of ...; H.R. 2999: Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2019; H.R. 3135: Department of Energy National Labs ...; H.R. 3292: Aamodt Litigation Settlement Completion Act ...; H.R. 3573: Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness, ...; H.R. 3575: Increasing and Mobilizing Partnerships to ...; H.R. 3846: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; H.R. 3916: Native American Seeds Protection Act ...; H.R. 4390: Removing Marijuana from Deportable Offenses ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 7th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Luján introduced 3 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. 912: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; H.R. 1567: Prompt and Fast Action to ...; H.R. 3135: Department of Energy National Labs ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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 influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

11 of Luján’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. 912: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; H.R. 1277: State Public Option Act; H.R. 1694: Native American Voting Rights Act ...; H.R. 2181: Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection ...; H.R. 3292: Aamodt Litigation Settlement Completion Act ...; H.R. 3682: Land Grant and Acequia Traditional ...; H.R. 3783: Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments ...; H.R. 3846: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; H.R. 4127: Broadband Infrastructure Finance and Innovation ...; H.R. 5015: Honest Campaigns Act of 2019; H.R. 5016: Fair and Clear Campaign Transparency ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Was 20th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Luján missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Luján’s Profile »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Luján’s 28 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Luján caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Got the 32nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Luján’s bills and resolutions had 714 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 House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 41st 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Luján’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Introduced the 44th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Luján introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 66th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 377 bills that Luján cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 912: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; H.R. 1567: Prompt and Fast Action to ...; H.R. 2181: Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection ...; H.R. 3135: Department of Energy National Labs ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

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 Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.