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Rep. Daniel Lipinski’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


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

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 83% of Lipinski’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Lipinski 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. 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 Lipinski’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Lipinski introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Ranked 6th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 Lipinski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 205 bills that Lipinski cosponsored, 58% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 93rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Lipinski cosponsored 205 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 Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lipinski supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lipinski 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lipinski 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 Illinois Delegation (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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Lipinski’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.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (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. 1 of Lipinski’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. 2988: Forty Hours Is Full Time ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lipinski introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lipinski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lipinski missed 3.7% of votes (24 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Lipinski’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Lipinski’s bills and resolutions had 113 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 Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd 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 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.