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Rep. Darrell Issa’s 2016 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 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

2nd most bills among California Delegation; tied with 2 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Issa introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 136: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 3750: First Responders Passport Act of ...; H.R. 5982: Midnight Rules Relief Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 25th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 47th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 50th most bills (tied w/ 31) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

4th fewest bills among California Delegation

Issa cosponsored 155 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 52 14
801 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 51st fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 61st fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

6th most bills among California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Issa’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 6th most bills out of 52 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 28th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 44th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 60th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

6th most supportive among House Republicans; tied with 3 others

GovTrack looked at whether Issa supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Issa 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sponsored: H.R. 653: FOIA Act

Cosponsored: H.R. 5051: OPEN Government Data Act; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation 11th most supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans 6th most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 45th most supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

9th least bipartisan among California Delegation

Of the 155 bills that Issa cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 9th least bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 71st least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 55th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 201st least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

13th best score among 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
California Delegation 13th best score out of 52
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Serving 10+ Years 66th best score out of 185
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House Republicans 108th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 148th best score out of 439
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Ideology Score

30th most liberal among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
California Delegation 11th most conservative out of 52
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Serving 10+ Years 68th most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 30th most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 219th most conservative out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

50th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 17 others

5 of Issa’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2477: Financial Transparency Act of 2015; H.R. 3750: First Responders Passport Act of ...; H.R. 5801: Protect and Grow American Jobs ...; H.R. 5982: Midnight Rules Relief Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 52 0
19 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 52nd most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans 50th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 96th most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

66th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 4 others

Issa introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 18th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 52 3
53 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 64th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 66th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

63rd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 30 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 1057: PARTS Act; H.R. 1627: No Stolen Trademarks Honored in ...; H.R. 5982: Midnight Rules Relief Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 63rd most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

89th most cosponsors among House Republicans

Issa’s bills and resolutions had 282 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
California Delegation 22nd most cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 82nd most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 89th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 169th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

145th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Issa missed 3.6% of votes (48 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Issa’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 21st most absent out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 79th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 145th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Committee Positions

Issa 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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Issa’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
California Delegation 8th highest score (tied w/ 27) out of 52 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 87) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Issa introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 136: To designate the facility of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 7th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 52 0
5 View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans 55th most bills (tied w/ 82) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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.

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 114th Congress) 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.