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Rep. Donald Payne Jr.’s 2018 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 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 New Jersey Delegation

Payne missed 8.2% of votes (99 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Payne’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); All Representatives (87th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Payne supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Payne 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Payne cosponsored H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Payne introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 687: First Responder Access to Innovative ...; H.R. 1372: Homeland Security for Children Act; H.R. 5766: Securing Public Areas of Transportation ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Of the 530 bills that Payne cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Held the 4th fewest committee positions compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 4 others)

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. 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 Payne’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Ranked 37th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 115th 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 Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 45th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Payne cosponsored 530 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 (83rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Payne introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 19 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Payne’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 687: First Responder Access to Innovative ...; H.R. 1372: Homeland Security for Children Act; H.R. 3613: Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act ...; H.R. 6919: CLASS Act of 2018; H.R. 6920: School Security is Homeland Security ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 552: Reaffirming the United States-Liberia partnership, ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Payne’s 19 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Payne caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Payne’s bills and resolutions had 216 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (50th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 115th 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 Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (30th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.