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Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Royce’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 California Delegation

10 of Royce’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 11: Objecting to United Nations Security ...; H.Res. 354: Condemning the violence against peaceful ...; H.R. 600: Digital GAP Act; H.R. 1456: Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act ...; H.R. 1644: Korean Interdiction and Modernization of ...; H.R. 1698: Iran Ballistic Missiles and International ...; H.R. 3329: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments ...; H.R. 3364: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions ...; H.R. 3445: AGOA and MCA Modernization Act; H.R. 3776: Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017

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


 

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

Royce introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 1644: Korean Interdiction and Modernization of ...; H.R. 3364: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions ...

Compare to all California Delegation (96th 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 the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Royce’s bills and resolutions had 1,082 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd 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 2017 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 (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Royce’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Royce introduced 13 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 11: Objecting to United Nations Security ...; H.Res. 354: Condemning the violence against peaceful ...; H.R. 600: Digital GAP Act; H.R. 1558: Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act; H.R. 1625: Targeted Rewards for the Global ...; H.R. 1644: Korean Interdiction and Modernization of ...; H.R. 1698: Iran Ballistic Missiles and International ...; H.R. 2219: End Banking for Human Traffickers ...; H.R. 3329: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments ...; H.R. 3364: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions ...; H.R. 3445: AGOA and MCA Modernization Act; H.R. 3776: Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017; H.R. 4546: National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity ...

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


 

Cosponsored the 13th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Royce cosponsored 163 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 (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 163 bills that Royce cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 10 others)

Royce missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Royce’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); All Representatives (21st 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 House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Royce introduced 21 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Ranked 32nd 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Royce’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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.Res. 354: Condemning the violence against peaceful ...; H.R. 389: Credit Union Residential Loan Parity ...

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

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 (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Royce supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Royce 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Royce cosponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (79th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.