skip to main content

Rep. Eleanor Norton’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from District of Columbia's At-Large District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 1991 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Norton’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her 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 Norton’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 their bills out of committee the most often compared to House Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Norton introduced 6 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1246: District of Columbia Chief Financial ...; H.R. 2611: To designate the headquarters building ...; H.R. 3343: To amend the District of ...; H.R. 4185: District of Columbia Courts, Public ...; H.Con.Res. 44: Authorizing the use of the ...; H.Con.Res. 103: Authorizing the use of the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Norton introduced 67 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Norton cosponsored 795 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 Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 Norton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); House Democrats (1st percentile); Safe House Seats (1st percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 of Norton’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. 211: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 508: Expressing support for designating October ...; H.R. 292: New Columbia Admission Act; H.R. 438: Fair Pay Act of 2013; H.R. 620: Rachel Carson Nature Trail Designation ...; H.R. 3477: Veterans Legal Support Act of ...; H.R. 3751: To amend the Internal Revenue ...; H.R. 3816: District of Columbia Paperwork Reduction ...; H.R. 5690: To amend the Internal Revenue ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 795 bills that Norton cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 8th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

Norton introduced 3 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. 1246: District of Columbia Chief Financial ...; H.R. 2611: To designate the headquarters building ...; H.R. 3343: To amend the District of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (95th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 10th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Norton supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Norton 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Norton cosponsored H.R. 1380: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives

Norton tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 10% of Norton’s 67 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (6th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 29th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

7 of Norton’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.R. 292: New Columbia Admission Act; H.R. 362: District of Columbia Equal Representation ...; H.R. 363: District of Columbia House Voting ...; H.R. 620: Rachel Carson Nature Trail Designation ...; H.R. 3278: To amend chapter 77 of ...; H.R. 3343: To amend the District of ...; H.Con.Res. 44: Authorizing the use of the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Norton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Norton’s bills and resolutions had 264 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 Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (64th 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 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.