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Rep. Jeff Denham’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 10th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Denham’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 Denham’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 the 3rd top leader compared to California Delegation

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 Denham’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

Denham cosponsored 171 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 California Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most conservative compared to California 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 Denham’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Denham introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 11th least often compared to California Delegation (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Denham supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Denham 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Denham cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Denham’s bills and resolutions had 720 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 California Delegation (81st percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 48th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 171 bills that Denham cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (34th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Was 85th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Denham missed 6.6% of votes (80 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Denham’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Denham 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. 6405: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (47th percentile); House Republicans (22nd 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. Denham introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 597: Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of ...; H.R. 4403: Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act; H.R. 5974: VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act; H.R. 6405: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (66th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Denham’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.Res. 774: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 60: ENLIST Act; H.R. 1818: Big Cat Public Safety Act

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Denham’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. 4403: Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act

Compare to all California Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Denham’s 13 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Denham caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Denham 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 Denham’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); House Republicans (37th 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.