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Rep. Brenda Lawrence’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 14th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Lawrence’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 Lawrence’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 2nd most often compared to Michigan Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 460 bills that Lawrence cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (85th percentile); House Freshmen (77th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to House Freshmen

Lawrence cosponsored 460 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 Michigan Delegation (85th percentile); House Freshmen (95th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most liberal compared to House Freshmen

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lawrence’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (5th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

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

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lawrence introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5028: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (23rd percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Lawrence supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lawrence 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lawrence cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 4006: Statutes at Large Modernization Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (77th percentile); House Freshmen (89th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

Lawrence introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1900: National Sea Grant College Program ...; H.R. 5028: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (85th percentile); House Freshmen (86th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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 11th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Lawrence introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (69th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 21 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Lawrence’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (20th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Ranked the 67th bottom/follower 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lawrence’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (23rd percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 61st least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 57 others)

1 of Lawrence’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.Res. 520: Expressing the sense of the ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (21st percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Lawrence’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. 1899: Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act ...; H.R. 1900: National Sea Grant College Program ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (54th percentile); House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Lawrence 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 Lawrence’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (31st percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Lawrence’s bills and resolutions had 119 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 Michigan Delegation (31st percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lawrence missed 2.0% of votes (26 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Lawrence’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (62nd percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 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.