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Rep. Jim Costa’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from California's 16th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Costa’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Costa’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 most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 227 bills that Costa cosponsored, 48% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Got the 12th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to California Delegation

Costa’s bills and resolutions had 93 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (21st percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Ranked 13th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Costa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 42nd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Costa cosponsored 227 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 (32nd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Ranked the 86th bottom/follower compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Costa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Was 93rd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Costa missed 5.5% of votes (66 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Costa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th 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

Costa introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Costa’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1677: Yosemite National Park Boundary Expansion ...; H.R. 3369: Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Costa supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Costa 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Costa cosponsored H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013

Compare to all California Delegation (68th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Costa 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 Costa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 Costa’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. 1677: Yosemite National Park Boundary Expansion ...; H.R. 3369: Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act; H.R. 4039: California Emergency Drought Relief Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (64th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Costa introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Bills Introduced

Costa introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (32nd 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 113th Congress) 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.