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Rep. Jared Polis’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 2nd District
Democrat
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Polis’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him 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 Polis’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 most bills compared to Colorado Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Polis’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. 1755: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013; H.R. 2338: TALENT Act; H.R. 3612: Know Before You Owe Private ...; H.R. 3654: Renewable Electricity Standard Act of ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Ranked most liberal compared to Colorado 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 Polis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Polis supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Polis 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Polis cosponsored H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013; H.R. 1380: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.R. 2061: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...; H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Polis’s bills and resolutions had 560 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 Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th 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 Polis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 32nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Polis cosponsored 295 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 Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 31st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Polis introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Was 44th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Polis missed 7.6% of votes (49 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Polis’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 62nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

3 of Polis’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. 499: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act ...; H.R. 1652: Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2013; H.R. 1755: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Polis 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 Colorado Delegation (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. Polis introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2337: Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Polis tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 40% of Polis’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Polis held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Polis’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 295 bills that Polis cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


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.