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Rep. Brad Sherman’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 30th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Sherman’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Sherman’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 25th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 8 others)

Sherman introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Was 29th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Sherman missed 1.1% of votes (15 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Sherman’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Representatives (25th 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 21st fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 21 others)

Sherman tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Sherman’s 8 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 38th 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 298 bills that Sherman cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Got the 39th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Sherman’s bills and resolutions had 95 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

2 of Sherman’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 4154: Taiwan Naval Support Act; H.R. 4312: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Sanctions ...

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sherman introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1529: Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act ...; H.R. 4154: Taiwan Naval Support Act

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Sherman 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 Sherman’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Sherman cosponsored 298 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 (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Sherman’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. 2600: Too Big To Fail, Too ...

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Sherman supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sherman 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sherman cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all California Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sherman introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


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 the 114th Congress) 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.