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Rep. Eni Faleomavaega’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from American Samoa's At-Large District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 1989 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Faleomavaega’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him 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 Faleomavaega’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 8th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Faleomavaega cosponsored 112 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 (8th percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); Safe House Seats (7th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 33rd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 112 bills that Faleomavaega cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 30th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 8 others)

Faleomavaega introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got the 52nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Faleomavaega’s bills and resolutions had 47 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 (14th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Faleomavaega introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 714: To reaffirm the strong support ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Faleomavaega’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.Res. 714: To reaffirm the strong support ...; H.R. 772: To promote peaceful and collaborative ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Faleomavaega 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 Faleomavaega’s Profile »

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Faleomavaega’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.

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

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


 

Laws Enacted

Faleomavaega introduced 0 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.

Compare to all 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

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