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Rep. George Miller’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 11th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special year-end statistics cover Miller’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him 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 Miller’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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to All Representatives

14 of Miller’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 50: Streamlined and Improved Methods at ...; H.R. 691: Worker Protection Against Combustible Dust ...; H.R. 1010: Fair Minimum Wage Act of ...; H.R. 1328: Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments ...; H.R. 1373: Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety ...; H.R. 1648: Protecting America’s Workers Act; H.R. 1649: Offshore Oil and Gas Worker ...; H.R. 1981: Stop Child Abuse in Residential ...; H.R. 2083: Protecting Students from Sexual and ...; H.R. 2560: Community College to Career Fund ...; H.R. 2574: Keep Student Loans Affordable Act ...; H.R. 2697: Airline Pilot Pension Fairness Act; H.R. 2721: Pathways Back to Work Act ...; H.R. 2770: Pathways Back to Work Act ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to California Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Miller’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. 1010: Fair Minimum Wage Act of ...; H.R. 2574: Keep Student Loans Affordable Act ...; H.R. 2721: Pathways Back to Work Act ...; H.R. 2770: Pathways Back to Work Act ...; H.R. 2852: Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Was most absent in votes compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Miller missed 11.4% of votes (73 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Miller’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th 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.


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (4th percentile); California Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Miller tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 23% of Miller’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Miller’s bills and resolutions had 578 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Of the 164 bills that Miller cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); California Delegation (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 28th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Miller introduced 22 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Miller 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Miller introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Committee Positions

Miller 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. View Miller’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Miller cosponsored 164 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); 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 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.