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Rep. Gregory Meeks’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from New York's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Meeks’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 Meeks’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.

 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to New York Delegation

Meeks missed 5.8% of votes (70 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Meeks’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Representatives (74th 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Meeks’s 20 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Meeks caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th bottom/follower compared to New York Delegation

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Meeks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 6th least oftenn compared to New York Delegation (tied with 6 others)

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

Meeks cosponsored H.R. 4631: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 23rd most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Meeks introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 355: Condemning in the strongest terms ...; H.R. 1257: Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment ...; H.R. 6125: To rename a waterway in ...; H.R. 6322: Enhancing Multi-Class Stock Disclosures Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives

Meeks cosponsored 559 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 New York Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 42nd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 559 bills that Meeks cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 59th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Meeks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Meeks introduced 2 bills 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. 1257: Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment ...; H.R. 6125: To rename a waterway in ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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

Meeks introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Meeks’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.Res. 355: Condemning in the strongest terms ...; H.Res. 522: Recognizing the twentieth anniversary of ...; H.R. 3741: To codify the Minority Bank ...; H.R. 4786: Protecting Communities from Lost or ...; H.R. 6186: Minority Bank Advisory Committee Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Meeks’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.Res. 974: Supporting African American’s Music Education.; H.R. 4255: Ending Tax Breaks for Private ...; H.R. 6125: To rename a waterway in ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Meeks 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 Meeks’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Meeks’s bills and resolutions had 178 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 New York Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (30th 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.