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Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Perlmutter’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Perlmutter’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 influential cosponsors the least often compared to Colorado Delegation

0 of Perlmutter’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Perlmutter’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.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Colorado Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Perlmutter 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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Perlmutter’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Colorado Delegation

Perlmutter’s bills and resolutions had 68 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom/follower compared to Colorado Delegation

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Perlmutter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 24th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 218 bills that Perlmutter cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 30th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Perlmutter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Was 47th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Perlmutter missed 6.5% of votes (46 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Perlmutter’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Perlmutter introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Colorado 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 Introduced

Perlmutter introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Perlmutter introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1408: Mortgage Servicing Asset Capital Requirements ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Perlmutter cosponsored 218 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 Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Perlmutter supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Perlmutter 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Perlmutter cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 2015) 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.