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Sen. Chris Van Hollen Jr.’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Van Hollen’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 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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Maryland Delegation

Van Hollen missed 1.2% of votes (15 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Van Hollen’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (27th 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.


 

Introduced the most bills compared to Maryland Delegation

Van Hollen introduced 19 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Maryland Delegation

6 of Van Hollen’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.R. 148: DISCLOSE 2013 Act; H.R. 822: Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act; H.R. 2607: Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood ...; H.R. 3936: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act ...; H.R. 4136: IDEA Full Funding Act; H.R. 4985: Stop Corporate Expatriation and Invest ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Van Hollen cosponsored 325 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 (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 10th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 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 (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

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

Van Hollen’s bills and resolutions had 605 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 Maryland Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Ranked the 18th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Van Hollen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Ranked 59th 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 the 113th Congress 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 (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (14th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Van Hollen introduced 0 bills 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.

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).

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.


 

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 (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 3808: To provide that the annual ...; H.R. 4522: To establish the Green Bank ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 325 bills that Van Hollen cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Van Hollen tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 37% of Van Hollen’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Van Hollen introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress 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).


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.