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Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce’s 2016 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 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 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.

 

Ranked the top leader compared to California 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Royce’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Royce’s 36 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to California Delegation

Royce introduced 5 bills 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. 757: North Korea Sanctions and Policy ...; H.R. 2297: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act ...; H.R. 2494: Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife ...; H.R. 2847: Electrify Africa Act of 2015; H.R. 6297: Iran Sanctions Extension Act

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

19 of Royce’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.Res. 402: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 524: Condemning in the strongest terms ...; H.Res. 808: Calling on the Government of ...; H.R. 347: Facilitating Access to Credit Act ...; H.R. 400: Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs ...; H.R. 574: Pay Back the Taxpayers Act ...; H.R. 757: North Korea Sanctions and Policy ...; H.R. 1188: Credit Union Small Business Jobs ...; H.R. 1422: Credit Union Residential Loan Parity ...; H.R. 1654: To authorize the direct provision ...; H.R. 2297: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act ...; H.R. 2323: United States International Communications Reform ...; H.R. 2494: Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife ...; H.R. 2845: AGOA Enhancement Act of 2015; H.R. 2847: Electrify Africa Act of 2015; H.R. 5537: Digital GAP Act; H.R. 6297: Iran Sanctions Extension Act; H.Con.Res. 165: Expressing the sense of Congress ...; H.J.Res. 63: Providing for the approval of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

Royce cosponsored 189 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 (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Royce introduced 13 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 808: Calling on the Government of ...; H.R. 400: Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs ...; H.R. 757: North Korea Sanctions and Policy ...; H.R. 1654: To authorize the direct provision ...; H.R. 2243: Equity in Government Compensation Act ...; H.R. 2323: United States International Communications Reform ...; H.R. 2494: Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife ...; H.R. 2845: AGOA Enhancement Act of 2015; H.R. 3738: Office of Financial Research Accountability ...; H.R. 4678: United States Naval Station Guantanamo ...; H.R. 5421: National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity ...; H.R. 5537: Digital GAP Act; H.R. 5931: Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to ...

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th 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 189 bills that Royce cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 21st 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Royce’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Was 23rd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Royce missed 1.0% of votes (13 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Royce’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); All Representatives (19th 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.


 

Introduced the 25th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Royce introduced 36 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got the 39th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Royce’s bills and resolutions had 703 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 (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st 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 (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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.J.Res. 63: Providing for the approval of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Royce supported any of 40 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 California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 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.