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Rep. Daniel Lipinski’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Lipinski’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 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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to Illinois Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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.Res. 46: Supporting the contributions of Catholic ...; H.Res. 80: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 461: Supporting the contributions of Catholic ...; H.Res. 483: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.Res. 690: Honoring the 70th anniversary of ...; H.R. 2988: Forty Hours Is Full Time ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 75% of Lipinski’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (80th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Lipinski introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 3085: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (83rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Lipinski introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (83rd percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to Illinois Delegation

3 of Lipinski’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.Res. 690: Honoring the 70th anniversary of ...; H.R. 4644: To designate the buildings occupied ...; H.R. 5029: International Science and Technology Cooperation ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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 the 113th Congress 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 306 bills that Lipinski cosponsored, 59% 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.


 

Ranked the 47th 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 Lipinski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lipinski introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 306: For the relief of Corina ...; H.R. 3085: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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. View Lipinski’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Lipinski cosponsored 306 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 (61st percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Lipinski’s bills and resolutions had 257 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 Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lipinski missed 3.1% of votes (37 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Lipinski’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (60th 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.


 

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).


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.