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Rep. Doris Matsui’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Matsui’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 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 the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Matsui’s bills and resolutions had 75 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 California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Was 15th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Matsui missed 0.8% of votes (11 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Matsui’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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 the 24th bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 43rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 23 others)

Matsui tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Matsui’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 70th most bills compared to All Representatives

Matsui cosponsored 409 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 (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 67th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Matsui supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Matsui 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Matsui cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 70th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 25 others)

6 of Matsui’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. 196: Online Competition and Consumer Choice ...; H.R. 1175: Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and ...; H.R. 2071: Safe Streets Act of 2015; H.R. 2638: Broadband Adoption Act of 2015; H.R. 2993: Water Recycling Acceleration Act of ...; H.R. 3142: Cruise Passenger Protection Act

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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. 196: Online Competition and Consumer Choice ...; H.R. 947: Fire-Damaged Home Rebuilding Act of ...; H.R. 4190: Spectrum Challenge Prize Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 409 bills that Matsui cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Matsui introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Matsui introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4190: Spectrum Challenge Prize Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Matsui introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.