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Rep. Derek Kilmer’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Kilmer’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Washington Delegation

Kilmer introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to Washington Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kilmer introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 756: Moving Our Democracy and Congressional ...; H.R. 729: Coastal and Great Lakes Communities ...; H.R. 975: Maritime Washington National Heritage Area ...; H.R. 1921: Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of ...; H.R. 2642: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild ...; H.R. 3277: To improve the leasing projects ...; H.R. 4034: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Washington Delegation

Kilmer missed 0.4% of votes (4 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Kilmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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.


 

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

Kilmer introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 975: Maritime Washington National Heritage Area ...; H.R. 3277: To improve the leasing projects ...; H.R. 4034: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (84th 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.


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Kilmer held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 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 Kilmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 12th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 29 of Kilmer’s 35 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Kilmer caucused with in the 116th Congress.

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

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


 

Cosponsored the 33rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Kilmer cosponsored 759 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 (90th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 42nd most politically right 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kilmer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 48th most often compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 759 bills that Kilmer cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 72nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 898: Skills Investment Act of 2019; H.R. 2130: State Cyber Resiliency Act; H.R. 2592: Honest Ads Act; H.R. 2642: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild ...; H.R. 3600: Deepfakes Report Act of 2019; H.R. 7032: Skills Renewal Act; H.R. 8457: Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Kilmer’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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.Res. 285: Recognizing over 85 years of ...; H.Res. 526: Improving Transparency for the American ...; H.Res. 756: Moving Our Democracy and Congressional ...; H.R. 729: Coastal and Great Lakes Communities ...; H.R. 1921: Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of ...; H.R. 2496: Tribal Border Crossing Parity Act

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Kilmer’s bills and resolutions had 525 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (70th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kilmer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


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 the 116th Congress) 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.