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Rep. Darrell Issa’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 49th District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


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

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Issa supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Issa 9 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Issa sponsored H.R. 1162: Government Accountability Office Improvement Act; H.R. 1211: FOIA Act; H.R. 2061: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

7 of Issa’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1162: Government Accountability Office Improvement Act; H.R. 1163: Federal Information Security Amendments Act ...; H.R. 1211: FOIA Act; H.R. 2061: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...; H.R. 2131: SKILLS Visa Act; H.R. 3345: Stop Unworthy Spending Act; H.R. 3469: SERV Act

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Issa introduced 10 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 553: To designate the exclusive economic ...; H.R. 1162: Government Accountability Office Improvement Act; H.R. 1163: Federal Information Security Amendments Act ...; H.R. 1211: FOIA Act; H.R. 1232: Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform ...; H.R. 2061: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...; H.R. 2131: SKILLS Visa Act; H.R. 2748: Postal Reform Act of 2013; H.R. 2793: District of Columbia Financial Efficiency ...; H.R. 3345: Stop Unworthy Spending Act

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Issa’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. 778: No Stolen Trademarks Honored in ...; H.R. 1663: PARTS Act

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); California Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 11th top leader compared to California 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); California Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Issa introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 24th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); California Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 27th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 81 bills that Issa cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); California Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).

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


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Issa missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Issa’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); California Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (20th 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 35th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Issa cosponsored 81 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); California Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Issa 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.


 

Committee Positions

Issa 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. View Issa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Issa tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 35% of Issa’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (36th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Issa’s bills and resolutions had 209 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); California Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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.