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Rep. Danny Davis’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Davis’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Davis’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 lowest % of bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Davis tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 17% of Davis’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Was 81st most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Davis missed 4.7% of votes (33 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Davis’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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.


 

Ranked 88th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Davis introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Bills Introduced

Davis introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Davis introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Davis’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1435: Supportive School Climate Act of ...; H.R. 2408: Child Poverty Reduction Act of ...; H.R. 2978: Thirteenth Amendment Commemorative Coin Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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 Davis’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. 1435: Supportive School Climate Act of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Davis held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Davis’s Profile »

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Davis cosponsored 213 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 (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 213 bills that Davis cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Davis’s bills and resolutions had 122 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (48th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Davis supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Davis 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Davis cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 2015) 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.