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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 12th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Watson Coleman’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her 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 Watson Coleman’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Watson Coleman introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Of the 259 bills that Watson Coleman cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (61st percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Watson Coleman cosponsored 259 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 New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 4 others)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 1646: Homeland Security Drone Assessment and ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Watson Coleman’s bills and resolutions had 154 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 New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Freshmen (81st percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 7 others)

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

Watson Coleman cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Watson Coleman introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Watson Coleman’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. 1646: Homeland Security Drone Assessment and ...; H.R. 2283: Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act ...; H.R. 2866: Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Watson Coleman’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.

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

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


 

Committee Positions

Watson Coleman 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 Watson Coleman’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Watson Coleman missed 1.4% of votes (10 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Watson Coleman’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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.


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.