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Rep. Jackie Speier’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from California's 14th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Speier’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Speier’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 Serving 10+ Years

GovTrack looked at whether Speier supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Speier 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Speier sponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act

Speier cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Speier’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. 2595: Strengthening the Department of Homeland ...; H.R. 4041: To provide for the retention ...; H.R. 4156: Driver Fatigue Prevention Act; H.R. 4472: ENOUGH Act; H.R. 4632: Military and Veterans Education Protection ...; H.J.Res. 53: Removing the deadline for the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Speier’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Speier missed 3.7% of votes (26 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Speier’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Representatives (77th 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 the 15th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Speier’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Speier’s bills and resolutions had 648 cosponsors in 2017. 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 California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 41st 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Speier’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 33rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 24 others)

5 of Speier’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 3259: PUTIN Act; H.R. 4030: Title IX Protection Act; H.R. 4041: To provide for the retention ...; H.J.Res. 53: Removing the deadline for the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Introduced the 55th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Speier introduced 21 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 71st most bills compared to All Representatives

Speier cosponsored 293 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 California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Speier 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 Speier’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Speier introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Speier introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 615: Designating the Democratic Cloakroom in ...; H.R. 2595: Strengthening the Department of Homeland ...

Compare to all California Delegation (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 293 bills that Speier cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


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 2017) 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.