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Rep. Jim Costa’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Costa’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 6th 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 192 bills that Costa cosponsored, 52% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Costa introduced 2 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

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


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Costa’s bills and resolutions had 12 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Was 8th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Costa missed 16.1% of votes (114 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Costa’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Costa supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Costa 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Costa cosponsored H.R. 2678: ETHICS Act of 2017; H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 41st fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Costa cosponsored 192 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 (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Costa introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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); 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Costa introduced 0 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Costa’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 3577: Results Through Innovation Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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. 1 of Costa’s 2 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all California Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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 (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (40th 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 2017) 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.