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Rep. Donald Payne Jr.’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 10th District
Democrat
Serving Nov 15, 2012 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Payne’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Payne’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.

 

Was most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Payne missed 18.7% of votes (248 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Payne’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); House Sophomores (99th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to New Jersey 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Payne’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Sophomores (14th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Payne cosponsored 345 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 New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Payne introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2206: SWIC Enhancement Act; H.R. 3144: Partners for Aviation Security Act; H.R. 4509: State and High-Risk Urban Area ...; H.R. 5460: First Responder Access to Innovative ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

8 of Payne’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 615: DHS Interoperable Communications Act; H.R. 2206: SWIC Enhancement Act; H.R. 2226: Home Energy Utility Assistance Act; H.R. 2882: Promise Neighborhoods Act of 2015; H.R. 3144: Partners for Aviation Security Act; H.R. 4278: Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act ...; H.R. 5460: First Responder Access to Innovative ...; H.Con.Res. 57: Supporting National Men’s Health Week.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 30th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 12 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Payne’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Payne introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 615: DHS Interoperable Communications Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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

Payne introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Payne’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. 131: Supporting the designation of March ...; H.Res. 630: Supporting the designation of March ...; H.Con.Res. 57: Supporting National Men’s Health Week.; H.Con.Res. 137: Supporting National Men’s Health Week.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Payne 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 Payne’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 345 bills that Payne cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (58th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Payne’s bills and resolutions had 220 cosponsors in the 114th 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 New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Payne’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Sophomores (36th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Payne supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Payne 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Payne cosponsored H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (52nd 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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.