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Rep. Darrell Issa’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Issa’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 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).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to California Delegation

Issa introduced 3 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 4192: To amend the Act entitled ...; H.R. 4193: Smart Savings Act; H.R. 4194: Government Reports Elimination Act of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (95th 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.


 

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

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Issa introduced 21 bills in the 113th Congress 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; H.R. 3687: Military LAND Act; H.R. 4011: Alaska Bypass Fair Competition Act ...; H.R. 4174: Alaska Bypass Modernization Act of ...; H.R. 4192: To amend the Act entitled ...; H.R. 4193: Smart Savings Act; H.R. 4194: Government Reports Elimination Act of ...; H.R. 4195: Federal Register Modernization Act; H.R. 4670: Secure Delivery for America Act ...; H.R. 4671: Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization ...; H.R. 5468: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 5492: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

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


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Issa introduced 41 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

10 of Issa’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. 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; H.R. 4193: Smart Savings Act; H.R. 4195: Federal Register Modernization Act; H.R. 5492: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (84th percentile); California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 18th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (47th percentile); California Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd 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 117 bills that Issa cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); California Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Issa missed 1.1% of votes (13 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Issa’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); California Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st 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 30th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Issa cosponsored 117 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 (16th percentile); California Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (7th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Issa tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 32% of Issa’s 41 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (35th percentile); California Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

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


 

Working with the Senate

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 (44th percentile); California Delegation (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (51st 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.


 

Cosponsors

Issa’s bills and resolutions had 328 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

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 (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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.