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Rep. Darrell Issa’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 21: Midnight Rules Relief Act of ...; H.R. 1450: No Stolen Trademarks Honored in ...; H.R. 1879: PARTS Act; H.R. 3177: Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled ...; H.R. 3324: KIWI Act; H.R. 3446: RBI Act

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 4th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Issa introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 21: Midnight Rules Relief Act of ...; H.R. 170: Protect and Grow American Jobs ...; H.R. 3996: Protecting Access to the Courts ...; H.R. 4010: Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement ...

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Issa’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th most conservative compared to California Delegation

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

Issa cosponsored 126 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 California Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Issa introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 15th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

8 of Issa’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 21: Midnight Rules Relief Act of ...; H.R. 170: Protect and Grow American Jobs ...; H.R. 2168: First Responders Passport Act of ...; H.R. 2694: To amend the Servicemembers Civil ...; H.R. 3324: KIWI Act; H.R. 3996: Protecting Access to the Courts ...; H.R. 4010: Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement ...; H.Con.Res. 59: Recognizing the 75th anniversary of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 30th 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 126 bills that Issa cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Was 33rd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 9 others)

Issa missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Issa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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.


 

Got the 42nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Issa’s bills and resolutions had 329 cosponsors in 2017. 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 California Delegation (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Issa supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Issa 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Issa cosponsored H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Issa introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

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. View Issa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.