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Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 13th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Rangel’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 Rangel’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.

 

Ranked most liberal compared to New York 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rangel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Rangel cosponsored 645 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 New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to New York Delegation

Rangel tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 21% of Rangel’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Rangel supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rangel 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Rangel cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 33rd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 645 bills that Rangel cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).

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


 

Was 68th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Rangel missed 5.3% of votes (37 of 699 votes) in 2015. View Rangel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th 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 101st most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Rangel’s bills and resolutions had 287 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 New York Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Rangel 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 Rangel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rangel introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Con.Res. 40: Encouraging reunions of divided Korean ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Rangel’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. 403: Free Trade With Cuba Act; H.R. 635: Promoting American Agricultural and Medical ...; H.Con.Res. 40: Encouraging reunions of divided Korean ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rangel 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 New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Rangel’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. 3046: Rebuilding America’s Schools Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd 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.


 

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rangel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Rangel introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th 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.