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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.

 

Bills Introduced

3rd fewest bills among House Sophomores

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 52 3
53 bills View All
House Sophomores 3rd fewest bills out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Republicans 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 51st fewest bills (tied w/ 20) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

4th most voting among 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 »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 4th most voting out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 4th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 39th most voting (tied w/ 6) 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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

9th most bills among 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 a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores 9th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Republicans 76th most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

12th least supportive among California Delegation; tied with 7 others

GovTrack looked at whether Valadao supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation 12th least supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 52 0
10 points View All
House Sophomores 16th least supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 49th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

21st fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 1 other

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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 52 14
801 bills View All
House Sophomores 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Republicans 99th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 180th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

19th fewest bills among 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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 22nd fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
22 bills View All
House Sophomores 19th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Republicans 102nd fewest bills (tied w/ 26) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 190th fewest bills (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

26th fewest cosponsors among House Sophomores

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
California Delegation 23rd fewest cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 26th fewest cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 103rd fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 174th fewest cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

52nd most bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 12th least bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
House Sophomores 29th least bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 52nd most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 208th 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.

 

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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 52 0
19 bills View All
House Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 59) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

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. 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 Valadao’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
House Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
2 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
 

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 16) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 48th fewest bills (tied w/ 60) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation fewest bills along with 29 others out of 52 0
5 View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 39 others out of 73 0
5 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others 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.