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Rep. Darrell Issa’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Issa’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Issa introduced 8 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 3324: KIWI Act; H.R. 3996: Protecting Access to the Courts ...; H.R. 4010: Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement ...; H.R. 5344: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 6754: CIRCUIT Act of 2018; H.R. 6755: Judiciary ROOM Act of 2018

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all California Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to All Representatives

14 of Issa’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.Res. 1110: Expressing support for the recognition ...; 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. 3301: CLASSICS Act; H.R. 3324: KIWI Act; H.R. 3996: Protecting Access to the Courts ...; H.R. 4010: Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement ...; H.R. 5344: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 6754: CIRCUIT Act of 2018; H.R. 6755: Judiciary ROOM Act of 2018; H.Con.Res. 59: Recognizing the 75th anniversary of ...; H.Con.Res. 105: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 3301: CLASSICS Act; H.R. 3324: KIWI Act; H.R. 3446: RBI Act; H.R. 3996: Protecting Access to the Courts ...; H.R. 4923: Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 13th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Issa supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Issa 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Issa sponsored H.R. 6755: Judiciary ROOM Act of 2018

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 ...; H.R. 4887: Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements ...

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


 

Introduced the 16th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Issa introduced 36 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Issa’s 36 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Issa caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 38th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 41st 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 155 bills that Issa cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Got the 47th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Issa’s bills and resolutions had 433 cosponsors in the 115th 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 California Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Was 52nd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Issa missed 8.4% of votes (102 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Issa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 the 54th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Issa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Issa introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 3324: KIWI Act; H.R. 3996: Protecting Access to the Courts ...

Compare to all California Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st 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 the 115th Congress) 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.