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Rep. Corrine Brown’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 5th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Brown’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Brown’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.

 

Committee Positions

the highest score among Florida Delegation; tied with 1 other

Brown 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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Brown’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Florida Delegation the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest score (tied w/ 39) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 4th highest score (tied w/ 17) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 12th highest score (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

3rd most bills among Florida Delegation

Brown cosponsored 406 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 3rd most bills out of 27 139
818 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 37th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 67th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 72nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

4th most liberal among Florida 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Florida Delegation 4th most liberal out of 27
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Serving 10+ Years 40th most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats 66th most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 66th most liberal out of 439
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

6th fewest bills among Florida Delegation; tied with 2 others

Brown tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Brown’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 27 0
17 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 66th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 20) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 144th fewest bills (tied w/ 45) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

10th worst score among Florida 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Florida Delegation 10th worst score out of 27
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Serving 10+ Years 83rd worst score out of 185
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House Democrats 84th best score out of 191
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All Representatives 201st worst score out of 439
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Cosponsors

10th fewest cosponsors among Florida Delegation

Brown’s bills and resolutions had 215 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Florida Delegation 10th fewest cosponsors out of 27 2
1,029 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 90th fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 95th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 211th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

12th most absent among All Representatives

Brown missed 14.1% of votes (187 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Brown’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Florida Delegation 2nd most absent out of 27 0
15% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most absent out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 12th most absent out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

9th least supportive among Florida Delegation; tied with 9 others

GovTrack looked at whether Brown supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Brown 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Florida Delegation 9th least supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 27 0
12 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th least supportive (tied w/ 32) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 9th least supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

56th least bipartisan among House Democrats

Of the 406 bills that Brown cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Florida Delegation 10th most bipartisan out of 27 10
55% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 72nd most bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 56th least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 150th most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

44th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 31 others

2 of Brown’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 789: Condemning the horrific acts of ...; H.R. 216: Department of Veterans Affairs Budget ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 44th fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 46th fewest bills (tied w/ 30) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 119th fewest bills (tied w/ 72) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

85th fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 9 others

Brown introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 13th fewest bills out of 27 3
106 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 83rd fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 85th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

82nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 54 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brown introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 216: Department of Veterans Affairs Budget ...; H.R. 1575: To amend title 38, United ...; H.R. 3715: Final Farewell Act of 2016

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 27 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 35th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 7th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Brown’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. 1680: Police CAMERA Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 27 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 37) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 35th fewest bills (tied w/ 36) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Brown introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 14 others out of 27 0
8 View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 88 others out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 105 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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.

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 114th Congress) 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.