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Rep. James “Jim” Langevin’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Rhode Island's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Langevin’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Langevin’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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 22nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Langevin’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. 1469: Enhancing the Stature and Visibility ...; H.R. 1631: Enhancing the Stature and Visibility ...; H.R. 2113: Federal Employees Sustainable Investment Act; H.R. 2541: Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act; H.R. 3601: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 5364: All Kids Matter Act; H.R. 6058: Offshore WIND Act; H.Con.Res. 66: Recognizing and honoring the 25th ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 30th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 12 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Langevin’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Was 42nd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Langevin missed 1.4% of votes (19 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Langevin’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Representatives (33rd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 56th most bills compared to All Representatives

Langevin cosponsored 429 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 Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 67th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Langevin supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Langevin 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Langevin cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Ranked 89th 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Langevin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Introduced the 93rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Langevin introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Langevin introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 3601: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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. Langevin introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1584: CARDER Act of 2015; H.R. 3601: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 5843: United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Langevin’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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.R. 1703: Protect Children from Theft Act ...; H.R. 1969: Military and Veteran Caregiver Services ...; H.R. 5843: United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement ...; H.Con.Res. 66: Recognizing and honoring the 25th ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Langevin 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 Langevin’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 429 bills that Langevin cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Langevin’s bills and resolutions had 268 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Langevin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 114th Congress) 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.