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Rep. Eleanor Norton’s 2016 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 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to All Representatives

Norton cosponsored 1,007 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 (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd 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 114th 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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Norton introduced 5 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3387: Open and Transparent Smithsonian Act ...; H.R. 4231: To direct the Librarian of ...; H.R. 4419: District of Columbia Judicial Financial ...; H.R. 5037: District of Columbia Courts and ...; H.Con.Res. 131: Authorizing the use of the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Norton introduced 66 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Supported government transparency the 4th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Norton supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Norton 11 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Norton sponsored H.R. 552: District of Columbia Budget Autonomy ...

Norton cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2143: EMPOWER Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act; H.R. 4006: Statutes at Large Modernization Act; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 15th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 1007 bills that Norton cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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


 

Held the 22nd most committee positions compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Norton held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Norton’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 43rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 23 others)

Norton tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Norton’s 66 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 70th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 25 others)

6 of Norton’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. 722: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 317: New Columbia Admission Act; H.R. 3029: RECOVER Act; H.R. 3487: Respect for Native Americans in ...; H.R. 4118: Veterans Legal Support Act of ...; H.R. 4418: To amend chapter 77 of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Norton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 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.R. 317: New Columbia Admission Act; H.R. 3029: RECOVER Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Norton introduced 1 bill 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. 4419: District of Columbia Judicial Financial ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Norton’s bills and resolutions had 303 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 Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.