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Rep. Doris Matsui’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Matsui’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 12th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 29 of Matsui’s 38 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Matsui caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 13th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Matsui cosponsored 424 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 (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 18th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 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.Res. 899: Recognizing the contributions of AmeriCorps …; 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.R. 6251: Educational Award Parity Act; H.Con.Res. 60: Recognizing September 11, 2019, as …; H.Con.Res. 64: Recognizing the 25th anniversary of …; H.Con.Res. 115: Recognizing September 11, 2020, as …; H.J.Res. 87: Providing for the reappointment of …; H.J.Res. 88: Providing for the appointment of …

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 17th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

Matsui introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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 …; H.J.Res. 87: Providing for the reappointment of …; H.J.Res. 88: Providing for the appointment of …

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (84th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Matsui introduced 10 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1768: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of …; H.R. 2117: FASTER Act of 2020; H.R. 2647: Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act; H.R. 4764: TRANSPLANT Act of 2020; H.R. 5201: Telemental Health Expansion Act of …; H.R. 5668: MODERN Labeling Act of 2020; H.R. 5918: To direct the Federal Communications …; H.J.Res. 60: Requesting the Secretary of the …; H.J.Res. 87: Providing for the reappointment of …; H.J.Res. 88: Providing for the appointment of …

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Was 30th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Matsui missed 0.8% of votes (8 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Matsui’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 31st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

12 of Matsui’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 863: DXM Abuse Prevention Act of …; H.R. 978: Clean and Efficient Cars Act …; H.R. 1767: Excellence in Mental Health and …; H.R. 1768: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of …; 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 2020; H.R. 4814: Suspicious Order Identification Act of …; H.R. 7839: Continuing Access to In-Home IVIG …; H.R. 8637: Japanese American Confinement Education Act; H.Con.Res. 60: Recognizing September 11, 2019, as …

Compare to all California Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 54th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 424 bills that Matsui cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 63rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Matsui introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked 91st 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Ranked the 94th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Matsui’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got the 95th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Matsui’s bills and resolutions had 611 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (78th 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 (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.