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Rep. Donna Christensen’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Virgin Islands's At-Large District
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Christensen’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Christensen’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 10th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 198 bills that Christensen cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 16 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Christensen introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 83: To require the Secretary of ...; H.R. 85: To create the Office of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 57th bottom/follower 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Christensen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Introduced the 69th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Christensen introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 83rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Christensen’s bills and resolutions had 36 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Christensen introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Christensen’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Christensen’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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Christensen tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 0% of Christensen’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Christensen 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 Christensen’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Christensen cosponsored 198 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 Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Christensen supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Christensen 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.