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Rep. Chaka Fattah’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 2nd District
Democrat
Served Jan 4, 1995 – Jun 23, 2016


These statistics cover Fattah’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Fattah’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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd lowest % of bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Fattah tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 27% of Fattah’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fattah’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Fattah missed 4.2% of votes (51 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Fattah’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (69th 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 the 5th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Fattah’s bills and resolutions had 190 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th bottom/follower compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fattah’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 35th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 22 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Fattah’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.Res. 666: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 771: Recognizing the 100-year anniversary of ...; H.R. 1340: Urban Jobs Act of 2013; H.R. 2155: American Dream Accounts Act of ...; H.R. 5158: Record Expungement Designed to Enhance ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 54th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Fattah introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fattah introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 4838: To redesignate the railroad station ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fattah introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Fattah’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 668: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.R. 2155: American Dream Accounts Act of ...; H.R. 3580: America’s FOCUS Act of 2013; H.R. 4838: To redesignate the railroad station ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Fattah 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 Fattah’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Fattah cosponsored 253 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 253 bills that Fattah cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (70th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Fattah supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Fattah 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.