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Rep. Ben Luján’s 2020 Report Card

Assistant Speaker of the House
Representative from New Mexico's 3rd District
Democrat
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


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

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to House Party Leaders

Luján introduced 3 bills 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. 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 (83rd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (84th 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.


 

Introduced the most bills compared to House Party Leaders

Luján introduced 39 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to House Party Leaders

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Luján’s 39 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Luján caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to House Party Leaders

Luján cosponsored 487 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 (69th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to House Party Leaders

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 Luján’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Luján’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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 ...; H.R. 6056: Accountable Capitalism Act; H.R. 7750: Stopping COVID Scams Act of ...; H.R. 8564: To amend the John D. ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Was 12th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Luján missed 0.4% of votes (4 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Luján’s Profile »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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 influential cosponsors the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

15 of Luján’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.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-Mercedes Traditional Use Recognition ...; H.R. 3783: Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments ...; H.R. 3846: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; H.R. 3916: Native American Seeds Protection Act ...; H.R. 4127: Broadband Infrastructure Finance and Innovation ...; H.R. 4128: Map Improvement Act of 2019; H.R. 5015: Honest Campaigns Act of 2019; H.R. 5016: Fair and Clear Campaign Transparency ...; H.R. 5199: ECHO Act of 2019; H.R. 8564: To amend the John D. ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 49th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Luján’s bills and resolutions had 870 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 House Party Leaders (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 96th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 487 bills that Luján cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Luján introduced 5 bills in the 116th Congress 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 ...; H.R. 3682: Land Grant-Mercedes Traditional Use Recognition ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st 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

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.