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Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Connecticut's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Esty’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Esty’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.

 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

Esty introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Ranked the 38th bottom follower 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Esty’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (17th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got the 43rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Esty’s bills and resolutions had 17 cosponsors in 2013. 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 House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 41st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 38 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Esty’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. 2102: Helping Communities Rebuild After Deadly ...; H.R. 2555: Lower Farmington River and Salmon ...; H.R. 3383: Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Esty introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 316: Collinsville Renewable Energy Production Act

Compare to all House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Esty’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 187 bills that Esty cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Esty cosponsored 187 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 House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Esty introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Esty supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Esty 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Esty missed 0.9% of votes (6 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Esty’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (26th 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.


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 2013) 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.