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Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Schakowsky’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 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.

 

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 the 114th Congress 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 (4th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Introduced the most bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Schakowsky introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 438: Supporting the designation of a ...; H.Res. 883: Supporting the designation of a ...; H.R. 2619: Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act; H.R. 2907: Responsible Estate Tax Act; H.R. 4235: Women’s Pension Protection Act of ...; H.R. 5348: Public Engagement at FERC Act; H.R. 5442: STURDY Act; H.R. 5573: PRICED Act; H.R. 5798: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6043: Fair Accountability and Innovative Research ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 20th most bills compared to All Representatives

Schakowsky cosponsored 581 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 (92nd percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 20th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Schakowsky’s bills and resolutions had 653 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 Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 581 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 (44th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 32nd 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schakowsky’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 35th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

9 of Schakowsky’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.Res. 393: Expressing support for policies to ...; H.Res. 769: Terminating a Select Investigative Panel ...; H.R. 952: Put a Registered Nurse in ...; H.R. 1181: Vehicle Safety Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 1340: International Violence Against Women Act ...; H.R. 3261: Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and ...; H.R. 4187: Secure and Protect Americans’ Data ...; H.R. 4207: Medicare Fair Drug Pricing Act ...; H.R. 5496: Family and Medical Leave Act ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 45th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Schakowsky supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Schakowsky 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schakowsky cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2143: EMPOWER Act; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schakowsky introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5798: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Schakowsky 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 Schakowsky’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Schakowsky 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. 5798: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (50th percentile); 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Schakowsky tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Schakowsky’s 35 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Schakowsky missed 3.9% of votes (52 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Schakowsky’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.


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.