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Rep. Doris Matsui’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 bicameral support on the 16th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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.Res. 290: Supporting increased awareness of sepsis ...; H.R. 1767: Excellence in Mental Health and ...; H.R. 2647: Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act; H.R. 3447: Public Health Funding Restoration Act; H.R. 3475: SPECTRUM NOW Act; H.R. 3513: Patsy T. Mink and Louise ...; H.R. 4814: Suspicious Order Identification Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 60: Recognizing September 11, 2019, as ...; H.Con.Res. 64: Recognizing the 25th anniversary of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Matsui’s 25 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Matsui caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

9 of Matsui’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 863: DXM Abuse Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 978: Clean and Efficient Cars Act ...; H.R. 1767: Excellence in Mental Health and ...; H.R. 2647: Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act; H.R. 3447: Public Health Funding Restoration Act; H.R. 3811: IoT Standards Leadership Act of ...; H.R. 4764: TRANSPLANT Act of 2019; H.R. 4814: Suspicious Order Identification Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 60: Recognizing September 11, 2019, as ...

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 64th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Matsui introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 78th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 289 bills that Matsui cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Got the 98th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Matsui’s bills and resolutions had 400 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Ranked the 99th top leader 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Ranked 103rd most politically left 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Matsui introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.J.Res. 60: Requesting the Secretary of the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1768: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of ...; H.R. 2647: Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act; H.J.Res. 60: Requesting the Secretary of the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Matsui 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. View Matsui’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Matsui cosponsored 289 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 (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Matsui missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Matsui’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.