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Sen. Chris Van Hollen Jr.’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Maryland's 8th District
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Van Hollen’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Van Hollen’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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Maryland Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Van Hollen introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Maryland Delegation

Van Hollen missed 1.6% of votes (10 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Van Hollen’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (13th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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.


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Van Hollen cosponsored 195 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 Maryland Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50% of Van Hollen’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 15th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Van Hollen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Van Hollen’s bills and resolutions had 384 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Maryland Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 15th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Van Hollen supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Van Hollen 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Van Hollen cosponsored H.R. 96: Cameras in the Courtroom Act; H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 52nd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 195 bills that Van Hollen cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Ranked 56th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Van Hollen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (25th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 62nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

3 of Van Hollen’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 148: DISCLOSE 2013 Act; H.R. 822: Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act; H.R. 2607: Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Van Hollen introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or 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. Van Hollen introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Van Hollen’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.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Van Hollen held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Van Hollen’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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 2013) 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.