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Rep. Debbie Lesko’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 8th District
Republican
Serving May 7, 2018 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Lesko’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 Lesko’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 fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Lesko’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.

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

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Lesko’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.Res. 177: Expressing the sense of the ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Lesko’s 16 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lesko caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom/follower compared to Arizona 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 Lesko’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Held the 5th most committee positions compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Lesko held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 Lesko’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (87th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most right (~conservative) 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 Lesko’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 25th least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 215 bills that Lesko cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 32nd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Lesko cosponsored 215 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 Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Introduced the 31st most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Lesko introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (58th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Was 67th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

Lesko missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Lesko’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Lesko introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Arizona 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lesko introduced 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3694: Helping Families Fly Act of ...; H.R. 4402: Inland Waters Security Review Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Lesko’s bills and resolutions had 134 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 Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 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.