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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.

 

Ideology Score

the most liberal among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Illinois Delegation the most liberal out of 18
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Serving 10+ Years 8th most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats 10th most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 10th most liberal out of 439
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Bills Introduced

the most bills among Illinois Delegation

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation the most bills out of 18 2
35 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 13th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 28th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

6th fewest bills among Illinois Delegation; tied with 2 others

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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 66th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 20) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 144th fewest bills (tied w/ 45) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

7th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
10 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 3rd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 7th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

20th most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation the most bills out of 18 94
581 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th most bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 20th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 20th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

20th most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Illinois Delegation 2nd most cosponsors out of 18 27
1,025 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 33rd most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 20th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 50th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

22nd least bipartisan among House Democrats

Of the 581 bills that Schakowsky cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Illinois Delegation 8th least bipartisan out of 18 11
55% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 82nd least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 22nd least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 207th most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

32nd best score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Illinois Delegation 5th best score out of 18
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Serving 10+ Years 60th best score out of 185
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House Democrats 32nd best score out of 191
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All Representatives 127th best score out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

35th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
10 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 23rd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 16th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 35th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

45th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 21 others

GovTrack looked at whether Schakowsky supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Illinois Delegation 3rd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
17 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 40th most supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 45th most supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Missed Votes

133rd most absent among All Representatives; tied with 4 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Illinois Delegation 9th most absent out of 18 0
24% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 73rd most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 133rd most absent (tied w/ 4) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

116th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 100 others

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

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 18 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 57th fewest bills (tied w/ 42) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 51st most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

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. 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Illinois Delegation highest score along with 9 others out of 18 0
1 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 87) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 18 0
2 View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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.