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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Missouri's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Cleaver’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Cleaver’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Missouri Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Cleaver’s 12 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cleaver caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Missouri Delegation

Cleaver cosponsored 304 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 Missouri Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Missouri Delegation

Of the 304 bills that Cleaver cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked most liberal compared to Missouri Delegation

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cleaver’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Missouri Delegation

3 of Cleaver’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1953: “Hello Girls” Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 2583: To designate Union Station in ...; H.R. 3778: Cady Housh and Gemesha Thomas ...

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cleaver introduced 4 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1122: Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration ...; H.R. 2514: Coordinating Oversight, Upgrading and Innovating ...; H.R. 3699: Pipeline Security Act; H.R. 4403: Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act ...

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cleaver introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Cleaver introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 Cleaver’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. 1161: Student Loan Disclosure Modernization Act; H.R. 2583: To designate Union Station in ...

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Cleaver 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 Cleaver’s Profile »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cleaver’s bills and resolutions had 157 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Missouri Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cleaver’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cleaver missed 2.9% of votes (20 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Cleaver’s Profile »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Representatives (66th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.