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Rep. Jared Polis’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Polis’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Ranked 2nd 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Polis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 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.Res. 566: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 1120: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 688: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment ...; H.R. 689: Bolts Ditch Access and Use ...; H.R. 1089: KOMBUCHA; H.R. 1899: Protecting Data at the Border ...; H.R. 3314: 100 by ‘50 Act; H.R. 3840: Affordable College Textbook Act; H.R. 4610: Receiving Electronic Statements To Improve ...; H.R. 4883: Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and ...; H.R. 5767: Teachers Are Leaders Act; H.R. 6352: Know Before You Owe Private ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Polis supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Polis 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Polis cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 5143: Searchable Legislation Act of 2018

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Polis’s 31 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Polis caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Was 19th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Polis missed 14.5% of votes (175 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Polis’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); All Representatives (96th 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.


 

Ranked the 42nd 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Polis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 53rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Polis cosponsored 510 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); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 56th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 510 bills that Polis cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Polis introduced 31 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got the 94th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Polis’s bills and resolutions had 465 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Polis introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 6831: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Polis introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 688: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment ...; H.R. 689: Bolts Ditch Access and Use ...; H.R. 6831: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Polis’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 2059: BREATHE Act; H.R. 2859: Advancing Competency-Based Education Act of ...; H.R. 3314: 100 by ‘50 Act; H.R. 5374: Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2018; H.R. 5928: Students Over Special Interests Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Polis 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 Polis’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.