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Rep. Diana DeGette’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover DeGette’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her 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 DeGette’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Colorado Delegation

Of the 456 bills that DeGette cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Ranked most politically left compared to Colorado Delegation

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 DeGette’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

DeGette introduced 4 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. 1184: Every Kid Outdoors Act; H.R. 1688: Native American Indian Education Act; H.R. 3303: Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act; H.R. 3443: Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and …

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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.


 

Ranked the 44th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 DeGette’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got the 45th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

DeGette’s bills and resolutions had 924 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 Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of DeGette’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.Res. 1237: Supporting the goals and ideals …; H.R. 1498: SAFE Kids Act; H.R. 2411: Tobacco to 21 Act; H.R. 2584: To amend the Congressional Budget …; H.R. 2802: Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient …; H.R. 6102: VALID Act of 2020; H.R. 7308: RISE Act; H.R. 7517: Protect Access to Birth Control …

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 76th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of DeGette’s 26 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party DeGette caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 80th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

7 of DeGette’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.R. 2235: HELLPP Act; H.R. 2411: Tobacco to 21 Act; H.R. 2711: Methane Waste Prevention Act of …; H.R. 2802: Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient …; H.R. 4014: Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of …; H.R. 7308: RISE Act; H.R. 7517: Protect Access to Birth Control …

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

DeGette introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. DeGette introduced 5 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1184: Every Kid Outdoors Act; H.R. 1688: Native American Indian Education Act; H.R. 2546: Protecting America’s Wilderness Act; H.R. 3303: Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act; H.R. 3443: Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and …

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

DeGette 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. View DeGette’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

DeGette cosponsored 456 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 Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

DeGette missed 1.5% of votes (14 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View DeGette’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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.


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.