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Rep. Eddie Johnson’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 30th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Johnson’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 Johnson’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 most cosponsors on their bills compared to Texas Delegation

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 901 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 Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Texas 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Texas 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Johnson’s 19 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Johnson caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Texas Delegation

Johnson cosponsored 335 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 Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (51st percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

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

Of the 335 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Johnson’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. 1597: National Nurse Act of 2019; H.R. 2528: STEM Opportunities Act of 2019; H.R. 3766: One Small Step to Protect ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to Texas Delegation

Johnson introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Johnson introduced 8 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 34: Energy and Water Research Integration ...; H.R. 36: Combating Sexual Harassment in Science ...; H.R. 1396: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 2528: STEM Opportunities Act of 2019; H.R. 3196: Vera C. Rubin Observatory Designation ...; H.R. 4091: ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019; H.R. 4372: MSI STEM Achievement Act; H.R. 4373: Engineering Biology Research and Development ...

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

10 of Johnson’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. 34: Energy and Water Research Integration ...; H.R. 36: Combating Sexual Harassment in Science ...; H.R. 435: National Gun Violence Research Act; H.R. 1396: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 1597: National Nurse Act of 2019; H.R. 2528: STEM Opportunities Act of 2019; H.R. 3766: One Small Step to Protect ...; H.R. 4091: ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019; H.R. 4372: MSI STEM Achievement Act; H.R. 4373: Engineering Biology Research and Development ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Johnson introduced 2 bills 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.R. 1396: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 3196: Vera C. Rubin Observatory Designation ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Johnson held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Johnson missed 1.7% of votes (12 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.