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Rep. Daniel Maffei’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New York's 24th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Maffei’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 Maffei’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 233 bills that Maffei cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to New York Delegation

Maffei missed 0.7% of votes (9 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Maffei’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (14th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Maffei cosponsored 233 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 New York Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th lowest % of bills compared to New York Delegation

Maffei tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 23% of Maffei’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 7th bottom follower compared to New York 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Maffei’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Ranked 27th 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 Maffei’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Maffei introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Maffei’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. 664: Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Sophomores (9th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Maffei 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 Maffei’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 Maffei’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. 664: Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks ...; H.R. 3793: Military Retirement Restoration Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (54th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Maffei 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 New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Government Transparency

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

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


 

Bills Introduced

Maffei introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Maffei’s bills and resolutions had 176 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 New York Delegation (30th percentile); House Sophomores (50th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (48th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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.