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Rep. Gerald Connolly’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 11th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Connolly’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Connolly’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 most often compared to Virginia Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 315 bills that Connolly cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Connolly introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1531: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Virginia 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Connolly’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50% of Connolly’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Democrats (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 23rd 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Connolly’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Connolly supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Connolly 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Connolly cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2347: Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Was 25th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

Connolly missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Connolly’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 28th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 15 others)

4 of Connolly’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 93: Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act; H.R. 94: Cameras in the Courtroom Act; H.R. 304: FAIR Act; H.R. 781: Complete America’s Great Trails Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Connolly cosponsored 315 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 Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got the 96th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Connolly’s bills and resolutions had 304 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Connolly introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Connolly introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1531: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th 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 Connolly’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. 94: Cameras in the Courtroom Act; H.R. 2827: Competitive Service Act of 2015

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Connolly 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 Connolly’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.