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Rep. Eliot Engel’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 16th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Engel’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Engel’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.

 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to New York Delegation

Engel missed 7.2% of votes (50 of 699 votes) in 2015. View Engel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (91st 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.


 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Engel 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. 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 Engel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 257 bills that Engel cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Engel cosponsored 257 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 New York Delegation (74th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Engel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Engel introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1493: Protect and Preserve International Cultural ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got the 22nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Engel’s bills and resolutions had 373 cosponsors in 2015. 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 New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 23rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Engel introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 40th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

5 of Engel’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 162: Calling on the President to ...; H.R. 1493: Protect and Preserve International Cultural ...; H.R. 1579: United States-Caribbean Partnership Act of ...; H.R. 3497: PLEA Act; H.Con.Res. 38: Supporting the goals and ideals ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Ranked 85th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Engel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Engel introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Engel’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. 605: Medicare Home Infusion Site of ...; H.R. 3587: Dry Cask Storage Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Engel tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Engel’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all New York Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Engel supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Engel 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Engel cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd 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 2015) 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.