skip to main content

Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Schakowsky’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Schakowsky’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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Illinois Delegation

Schakowsky held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Schakowsky’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Ranked most liberal compared to Illinois Delegation

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schakowsky’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to All Representatives

Schakowsky cosponsored 397 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 Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Schakowsky’s bills and resolutions had 502 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Schakowsky introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

6 of Schakowsky’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 261: Public Option Deficit Reduction Act; H.R. 629: Violence Against Immigrant Women Act ...; H.R. 675: Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights ...; H.R. 1019: Health Insurance Rate Review Act; H.R. 1617: Emergency Jobs to Restore the ...; H.R. 3571: International Violence Against Women Act ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 20th lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives

Schakowsky tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 12% of Schakowsky’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Democrats (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 23rd 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schakowsky’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 29th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 397 bills that Schakowsky cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 41st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 38 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Schakowsky’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.Res. 197: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 1019: Health Insurance Rate Review Act; H.R. 3137: Freedom and Mobility in Consumer ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Schakowsky introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schakowsky introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Schakowsky missed 1.6% of votes (10 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Schakowsky’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Schakowsky supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Schakowsky 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schakowsky cosponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.