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Rep. Debbie Dingell’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 12th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Dingell’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Dingell’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 most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Dingell introduced 30 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Dingell’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. 535: PFAS Action Act of 2019; H.R. 1342: EMPOWER Care Act; H.R. 2026: Safe Equitable Campus Resources and ...; H.R. 2170: Vehicle Innovation Act of 2019; H.R. 2349: Climate Change Education Act; H.R. 4313: E-SERVICE Act; H.R. 4831: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Dingell cosponsored 501 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 Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Dingell’s bills and resolutions had 560 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Michigan 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Dingell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Was most absent in votes compared to Michigan Delegation

Dingell missed 4.9% of votes (34 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Dingell’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 28th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

8 of Dingell’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 535: PFAS Action Act of 2019; H.R. 569: Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers ...; H.R. 973: Violence Against Women Health Act ...; H.R. 1518: Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act ...; H.R. 2236: Forage Fish Conservation Act; H.R. 2428: Access to Breast Cancer Diagnosis ...; H.R. 3253: Sustaining Excellence in Medicaid Act ...; H.R. 3742: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Dingell’s 30 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Dingell caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (85th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked 62nd most politically left compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Dingell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Dingell introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 3253: Sustaining Excellence in Medicaid Act ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Democrats (57th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Dingell introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 535: PFAS Action Act of 2019; H.R. 3253: Sustaining Excellence in Medicaid Act ...; H.R. 3742: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Dingell held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Dingell’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 501 bills that Dingell cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (31st percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).

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


Additional Notes

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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.