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Rep. Jackie Speier’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Speier’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 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 5th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Speier supported any of 32 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Was 16th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Speier missed 14.7% of votes (178 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Speier’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th 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 16th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Speier’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Speier caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked the 22nd 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Speier’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 29th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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.R. 5573: ROBOCOP Act; H.J.Res. 53: Removing the deadline for the ...

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

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


 

Got the 32nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Speier’s bills and resolutions had 785 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 California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 53rd 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 Speier’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 52nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 19 others)

7 of Speier’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. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.Res. 977: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 3259: PUTIN Act; H.R. 4024: United States Postal Service Shipping ...; 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 (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Introduced the 76th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Speier introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 81st most bills compared to All Representatives

Speier cosponsored 444 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 (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Speier introduced 0 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.

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 the 115th Congress 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 (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th 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 (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 444 bills that Speier cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (66th 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 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.