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Rep. Derek Kilmer’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Kilmer’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Kilmer’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Kilmer introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 3374: American Savings Promotion Act; H.R. 4751: To make technical corrections to ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to Washington Delegation

Kilmer cosponsored 337 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 Washington Delegation (80th percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Washington Delegation

Kilmer missed 1.2% of votes (14 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Kilmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); House Freshmen (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (24th 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 influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

5 of Kilmer’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.R. 2654: Veterans and Servicemembers Employment Rights ...; H.R. 3374: American Savings Promotion Act; H.R. 3918: Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Enhancement ...; H.R. 4732: Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of ...; H.R. 5617: Copyright and Marriage Equality Act

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Kilmer introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Kilmer’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. 2654: Veterans and Servicemembers Employment Rights ...; H.R. 3374: American Savings Promotion Act; H.R. 3922: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild ...; H.R. 5617: Copyright and Marriage Equality Act; H.Con.Res. 116: Congratulating the Sailors of the ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 337 bills that Kilmer cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50% of Kilmer’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (57th percentile); House Freshmen (81st percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 31st most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kilmer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Kilmer 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 Kilmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kilmer introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4751: To make technical corrections to ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Freshmen (46th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Kilmer supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Kilmer 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kilmer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (62nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Kilmer’s bills and resolutions had 180 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Freshmen (70th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.