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Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 39th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Royce’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Royce’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 highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 88% of Royce’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (95th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Royce introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 1151: To direct the Secretary of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to All Representatives

12 of Royce’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.Res. 65: Condemning the Government of North ...; H.Res. 218: Calling on the Secretary of ...; H.Res. 273: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 404: Expressing condolences and support for ...; H.R. 688: Credit Union Small Business Jobs ...; H.R. 850: Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 1151: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 1771: North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act ...; H.R. 2449: To authorize the President to ...; H.R. 2548: Electrify Africa Act of 2013; H.R. 2848: Department of State Operations and ...; H.R. 3470: Naval Vessel Transfer and Arms ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Royce’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Royce’s bills and resolutions had 916 cosponsors in 2013. 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Royce introduced 7 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 273: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 404: Expressing condolences and support for ...; H.R. 850: Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 2449: To authorize the President to ...; H.R. 2848: Department of State Operations and ...; H.R. 3468: Credit Union Share Insurance Fund ...; H.R. 3470: Naval Vessel Transfer and Arms ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 82 bills that Royce cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); California Delegation (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 26th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Royce’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 32nd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Royce introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); California Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 36th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Royce cosponsored 82 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Royce 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 Royce’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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 Royce’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. 1151: To direct the Secretary of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Royce missed 1.6% of votes (10 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Royce’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); California Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Royce supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Royce 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.