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Rep. Doris Matsui’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Matsui’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 Matsui’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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 38th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

4 of Matsui’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1263: Excellence in Mental Health Act; H.R. 1685: Broadband Adoption Act of 2013; H.R. 2468: Safe Streets Act of 2013; H.R. 2739: Efficient Use of Government Spectrum ...

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 59th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Matsui introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 96th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 151 bills that Matsui cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 101st 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (47th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Matsui 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 California Delegation (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Matsui introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all California Delegation (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 Matsui’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 California Delegation (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

Matsui tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 35% of Matsui’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (65th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Matsui 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 Matsui’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Matsui cosponsored 151 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 California Delegation (43rd percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Matsui’s bills and resolutions had 125 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 California Delegation (58th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Matsui missed 1.2% of votes (8 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Matsui’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Matsui supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Matsui 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Matsui cosponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all California Delegation (68th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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.

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