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Rep. David Valadao’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 21st District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Valadao’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 Valadao’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.

 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Valadao introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); House Sophomores (3rd percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Was 4th most present in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Valadao missed 0.6% of votes (8 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Valadao’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (4th percentile); All Representatives (9th 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 their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Valadao introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2898: Western Water and American Food ...; H.R. 3779: Social Security Fraud Prevention Act ...; H.R. 4366: San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution ...

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 12th least oftenn compared to California Delegation (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Valadao supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Valadao 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Valadao cosponsored H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 19th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 7 others)

Valadao tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5 of Valadao’s 7 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); House Sophomores (25th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 52nd 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 251 bills that Valadao cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Valadao 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 Valadao’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Valadao’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. 2749: Dams Accountability, Maintenance, and Safety ...

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Valadao’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.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Valadao introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Cosponsors

Valadao’s bills and resolutions had 167 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 »

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Valadao cosponsored 251 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 (31st percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 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.