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Rep. Donald McEachin’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover McEachin’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 McEachin’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 Virginia Delegation

Of the 328 bills that McEachin cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 2nd most politically left compared to Virginia 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 McEachin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); House Sophomores (11th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of McEachin’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. 4927: Advancing Youth Enrollment Act; H.R. 6826: To require the Administrator of …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); House Sophomores (29th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

10 of McEachin’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. 330: Expressing support for honoring Earth …; H.Res. 932: Expressing support for honoring the …; H.R. 3281: Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation …; H.R. 4155: Funding Attorneys for Indigent Removal …; H.R. 4227: Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act; H.R. 4727: Department of Homeland Security Mentor-Protégé …; H.R. 5221: 100% Clean Economy Act of …; H.R. 5695: Offshore Accountability Act of 2020; H.R. 6826: To require the Administrator of …; H.R. 7647: To provide for a COVID-19-related …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

McEachin’s bills and resolutions had 702 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 Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (91st percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 McEachin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (91st percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Was 15th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

McEachin missed 18.4% of votes (176 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View McEachin’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 28th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

McEachin cosponsored 328 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 Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McEachin introduced 2 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. 3325: Locking Up Robocallers Act of …; H.R. 3847: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Sophomores (65th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 Introduced

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

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McEachin introduced 4 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3325: Locking Up Robocallers Act of …; H.R. 3847: To designate the facility of …; H.R. 4227: Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act; H.R. 4727: Department of Homeland Security Mentor-Protégé …

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Sophomores (64th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of McEachin’s 26 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McEachin caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

McEachin 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 McEachin’s Profile »

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