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Rep. James “Jim” Langevin’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Rhode Island's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Langevin’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Was 12th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Langevin missed 0.4% of votes (4 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Langevin’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 27 of Langevin’s 35 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Langevin caucused with in the 116th Congress.

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

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


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Langevin introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 319: Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic …; H.R. 439: National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter …; H.R. 7331: National Cyber Director Act; H.R. 8906: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 43rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 319: Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic …; H.R. 439: National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter …; H.R. 1549: Air Carrier Access Amendments Act …; H.R. 2035: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act …; H.R. 2180: Domenic and Ed’s Law; H.R. 3134: SAFE Bridges Act of 2019; H.R. 3234: Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act …; H.R. 3473: Offshore WIND Act; H.R. 4877: Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 55th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Langevin introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 319: Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic …; H.R. 439: National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter …; H.R. 2035: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act …; H.R. 3722: Joint Task Force to Combat …; H.R. 5680: Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification …; H.R. 7331: National Cyber Director Act; H.R. 8906: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 84th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Langevin introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Langevin’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 2035: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act …; H.R. 5680: Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification …; H.R. 7331: National Cyber Director Act; H.R. 8048: State and Local IT Modernization …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (50th 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 (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Langevin cosponsored 448 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 (63rd percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 448 bills that Langevin cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 402 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (55th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Langevin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Langevin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.