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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’s 2019 Report Card

House Democratic Caucus Chair
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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Jeffries was busy being House Democratic Caucus Chair, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Jeffries cosponsored 189 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 Party Leaders (78th percentile); New York Delegation (4th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to House Party Leaders

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Jeffries’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Jeffries caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (78th percentile); New York Delegation (42nd percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked 2nd most left (~liberal) compared to House Party Leaders

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Jeffries’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (11th percentile); New York Delegation (38th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jeffries introduced 19 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 7: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 24: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 26: Electing Members to a certain ...; H.Res. 31: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 42: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 46: Electing Members to a certain ...; H.Res. 57: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 67: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 73: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 85: Electing Members to a certain ...; H.Res. 125: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 148: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 712: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 725: Electing a certain Member to ...; H.Res. 773: Electing certain Members to a ...; H.R. 2374: Stop STALLING Act; H.R. 2426: Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement ...; H.R. 4508: Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act; H.R. 5065: Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); New York Delegation (92nd percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 1999: Fair Licensing Access for Governments ...; H.R. 3380: Security from Political Interference in ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); New York Delegation (31st percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to New York Delegation

Jeffries missed 3.0% of votes (21 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Jeffries’s Profile »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (67th percentile); New York Delegation (81st percentile); All Representatives (69th 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 32nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

7 of Jeffries’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1968: Shirley Chisholm Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 1999: Fair Licensing Access for Governments ...; H.R. 2374: Stop STALLING Act; H.R. 2426: Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement ...; H.R. 2843: Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act; H.R. 3199: Terminating the Extension of Rights ...; H.R. 4408: Eric Garner Excessive Use of ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (78th percentile); New York Delegation (69th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Jeffries introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (89th percentile); New York Delegation (77th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 58th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Jeffries’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (78th percentile); New York Delegation (62nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got the 74th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Jeffries’s bills and resolutions had 494 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (78th percentile); New York Delegation (58th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 107th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 189 bills that Jeffries cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (44th percentile); New York Delegation (35th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Jeffries introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (0th percentile); New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

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 House Party Leaders (0th percentile); New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.