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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 8th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Jeffries’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 Jeffries’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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

Jeffries sponsored H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Jeffries cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (92nd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Jeffries’s bills and resolutions had 76 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 New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th lowest % of bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Jeffries tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of Jeffries’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all New York Delegation (28th percentile); House Sophomores (25th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 11th most liberal compared to House Sophomores

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 Jeffries’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); House Sophomores (14th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (18th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th bottom/follower compared to House Sophomores

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 Jeffries’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 41st least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 190 bills that Jeffries cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 41st least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

1 of Jeffries’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. 3028: Grand Jury Transparency Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Jeffries 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. 1527: Slain Officer Family Support Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (86th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Jeffries introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jeffries introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Jeffries’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. 1527: Slain Officer Family Support Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Jeffries held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Jeffries’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Jeffries cosponsored 190 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 (30th percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Jeffries missed 2.3% of votes (16 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Jeffries’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (58th 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.


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.