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Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from New York's 10th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Nadler’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 Nadler’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to New York Delegation

Of the 504 bills that Nadler cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Nadler held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 Nadler’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Nadler’s bills and resolutions had 1,069 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 New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 11th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 Nadler’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th 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 Nadler’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

11 of Nadler’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. 1270: Living Donor Protection Act of ...; H.R. 2417: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; H.R. 4147: Clean Ports Act of 2017; H.R. 5295: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 5296: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 5297: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 5642: Restoring and Improving Merger Enforcement ...; H.R. 6135: Keep Families Together Act; H.R. 6176: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 6612: Democracy Restoration Act of 2018; H.R. 7109: Restoring Justice for Workers Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Nadler supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Nadler 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Nadler cosponsored H.R. 464: Cameras in the Courtroom Act; H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 39th 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. 12 of Nadler’s 24 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Nadler caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 54th most bills compared to All Representatives

Nadler cosponsored 504 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 New York Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Nadler introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Introduced

Nadler introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Nadler introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 111: Of inquiry directing the Attorney ...; H.R. 1684: Disaster Assistance Support for Communities ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Nadler’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. 1088: African Burial Ground International Memorial ...; H.R. 5476: Special Counsel Independence and Integrity ...; H.R. 6868: American Royalties Too Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Nadler missed 2.1% of votes (26 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Nadler’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 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.