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Rep. Filemon Vela’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 34th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Vela’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Vela’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th most often compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 307 bills that Vela cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Vela’s 6 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Vela caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

Vela introduced 6 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (6th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 10th least oftenn compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Vela supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Vela 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Vela cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (25th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got the 15th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Vela’s bills and resolutions had 37 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Texas Delegation (11th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 38th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Vela cosponsored 307 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 Texas Delegation (69th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Was 103rd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Vela missed 6.0% of votes (72 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Vela’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Vela introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 3375: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Vela introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2281: Border Enforcement Security Task Force ...; H.R. 3375: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act ...; H.R. 4578: Counter Terrorist Network Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (28th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Vela’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.R. 2281: Border Enforcement Security Task Force ...; H.R. 4578: Counter Terrorist Network Act; H.R. 4940: Border and Port Security Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 Vela’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. 3375: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act ...; H.R. 7028: DHS Body-Worn Camera Act of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Vela 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 Vela’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.