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Rep. Brad Sherman’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 30th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Sherman’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.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 582 bills that Sherman cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 17th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

Sherman 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. 7000: Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act; H.R. 7083: Hong Kong Autonomy Act; H.R. 7440: Hong Kong Autonomy Act

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 39th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sherman introduced 8 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 543: Recognizing Hong Kong’s bilateral relationship …; H.Res. 825: Urging the United States to …; H.R. 2343: Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian …; H.R. 2852: Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2019; H.R. 4302: Homeless Assistance Act of 2019; H.R. 7000: Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act; H.R. 7083: Hong Kong Autonomy Act; H.R. 7440: Hong Kong Autonomy Act

Compare to all California Delegation (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 1471: Saudi Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of …; H.R. 2565: U.S.–China Economic and Security Review …; H.R. 5387: Preventing the Spread of Nuclear …; H.R. 5712: Nationwide Right to Unionize Act; H.R. 6789: Access to Credit for Small …; H.R. 7000: Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act; H.R. 7182: Helicopter Safety Act of 2020; H.R. 7274: Kobe Bryant & Gianna Bryant …

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Held the 57th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Sherman held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Sherman’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 61st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Sherman’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sherman caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 62nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

8 of Sherman’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.Res. 543: Recognizing Hong Kong’s bilateral relationship …; H.R. 6369: To waive certain requirements with …; H.R. 6370: Disaster Protection for Workers’ Credit …; H.R. 6371: To amend the Securities Exchange …; H.R. 6789: Access to Credit for Small …; H.R. 6790: Business Borrowers Protection Act; H.R. 6791: COVID-19 Safe Home Appraisal Act …; H.R. 8495: SECURE Act

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 72nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Sherman introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 88th most bills compared to All Representatives

Sherman cosponsored 582 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 (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Sherman’s bills and resolutions had 313 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 California Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Sherman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Sherman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Sherman missed 1.9% of votes (18 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Sherman’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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.


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.