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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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to 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 »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most liberal compared to 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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to 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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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 influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brown introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brown supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Brown cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

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.

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

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Cosponsors

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 »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (52nd 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 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.