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Rep. Cedric Richmond’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Louisiana's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Richmond’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him 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 Richmond’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 most often compared to Louisiana Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 176 bills that Richmond cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (83rd percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Louisiana Delegation

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

Richmond cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (83rd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Louisiana Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Richmond’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. 2240: Inspector General Access Act of ...

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to House Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Richmond introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2458: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 3082: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 3510: Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity ...

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (83rd percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got the 48th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Richmond’s bills and resolutions had 59 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 Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Was 61st most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Richmond missed 5.8% of votes (41 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Richmond’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Richmond 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 Louisiana Delegation (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.


 

Bills Introduced

Richmond introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Richmond’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. 3399: Solitary Confinement Study and Reform ...; H.R. 3510: Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity ...

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Richmond 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 Richmond’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Richmond cosponsored 176 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 Louisiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


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.