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Rep. Doris Matsui’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Matsui’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 305 bills that Matsui cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (79th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 47th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

6 of Matsui’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 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 ...; H.R. 2800: Cruise Passenger Protection Act; H.R. 4880: Online Competition and Consumer Choice ...

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked 81st 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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Introduced the 105th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

Matsui introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Matsui introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through 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 the 113th Congress 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. 3 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1540: To amend the Reclamation Wastewater ...; H.R. 4266: To amend the Reclamation Wastewater ...; H.R. 4880: Online Competition and Consumer Choice ...

Compare to all California Delegation (64th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (50th 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 305 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 (53rd percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Matsui’s bills and resolutions had 216 cosponsors in the 113th 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 California Delegation (58th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Matsui missed 2.0% of votes (24 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Matsui’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 the 113th Congress) 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.