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Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Royce’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to All Representatives

27 of Royce’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.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.Res. 494: Affirming the importance of the ...; H.Res. 499: Condemning the violation of Ukrainian ...; H.Res. 520: Calling for an end to ...; H.Res. 754: Condemning the Government of Iran ...; 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 2014; H.R. 2848: Department of State Operations and ...; H.R. 3344: Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking ...; H.R. 3470: Naval Vessel Transfer and Arms ...; H.R. 3901: Pay Back the Taxpayers Act ...; H.R. 4254: Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act; H.R. 4278: Ukraine Support Act; H.R. 4347: Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act; H.R. 4490: United States International Communications Reform ...; H.R. 5681: To provide for the approval ...; H.R. 5747: To authorize the direct provision ...; H.R. 5825: No Healthcare Subsidies for Foreign ...; H.J.Res. 109: Providing for the approval of ...; H.J.Res. 112: Providing for the approval of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th 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 the 113th Congress 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 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Royce’s bills and resolutions had 1,381 cosponsors in the 113th 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 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).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Royce introduced 4 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 1151: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3468: Credit Union Share Insurance Fund ...; H.R. 5681: To provide for the approval ...; H.R. 5816: To extend the authorization for ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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 ...; H.R. 5369: Veterans Dignified Burial Act; H.J.Res. 109: Providing for the approval of ...; H.J.Res. 112: Providing for the approval of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (84th percentile); California Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Royce introduced 15 bills in the 113th Congress 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.Res. 494: Affirming the importance of the ...; H.Res. 499: Condemning the violation of Ukrainian ...; H.Res. 520: Calling for an end to ...; H.R. 850: Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 1771: North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act ...; H.R. 2449: To authorize the President to ...; H.R. 2548: Electrify Africa Act of 2014; H.R. 2848: Department of State Operations and ...; H.R. 3468: Credit Union Share Insurance Fund ...; H.R. 3470: Naval Vessel Transfer and Arms ...; H.R. 4278: Ukraine Support Act; H.R. 4347: Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act; H.R. 4490: United States International Communications Reform ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Royce introduced 41 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 63% of Royce’s 41 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); California Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th 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 142 bills that Royce cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 23rd 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Royce’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); California Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 52nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Royce cosponsored 142 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 (27th percentile); California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (12th 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 (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

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).


 

Missed Votes

Royce missed 2.1% of votes (25 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Royce’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (47th percentile); California Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 the 113th Congress) 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.