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Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover LaMalfa’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him 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 LaMalfa’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.

 

Ranked most conservative compared to California Delegation

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from LaMalfa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 342 bills that LaMalfa cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 13th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 4 others)

LaMalfa introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 12th least oftenn compared to California Delegation (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether LaMalfa supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave LaMalfa 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

LaMalfa cosponsored H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got the 18th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

LaMalfa’s bills and resolutions had 102 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 (29th percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 23rd most bills compared to House Republicans

LaMalfa cosponsored 342 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 (56th percentile); House Sophomores (58th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Ranked the 46th bottom follower compared to House Republicans

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 LaMalfa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (19th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

LaMalfa 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 LaMalfa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (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. 1 of LaMalfa’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. 2041: Public Power Risk Management Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

LaMalfa missed 2.3% of votes (31 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View LaMalfa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); All Representatives (51st 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of LaMalfa’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. 1157: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash ...; H.R. 5079: California Compact Protection Act; H.R. 5129: GO Act

Compare to all California Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

LaMalfa tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7 of LaMalfa’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

LaMalfa introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 2212: To take certain Federal lands ...

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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. LaMalfa introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1157: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash ...; H.R. 2212: To take certain Federal lands ...

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.