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Rep. Jim McDermott’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 7th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 1989 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover McDermott’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2017. The statistics were updated to correct a problem in the way we counted enacted laws.

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 McDermott’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.

 

Ideology Score

the most liberal among Washington 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McDermott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Washington Delegation the most liberal out of 10
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Serving 10+ Years 25th most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats 33rd most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 33rd most liberal out of 439
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd fewest bills among Washington Delegation

McDermott tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of McDermott’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 10 2
21 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 47th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 43rd fewest bills (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 100th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

3rd worst score among Washington 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McDermott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Washington Delegation 3rd worst score out of 10
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Serving 10+ Years 57th worst score out of 185
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House Democrats 75th worst score out of 191
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All Representatives 131st worst score out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

3rd fewest bills among Washington Delegation; tied with 1 other

3 of McDermott’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 1025: SNAP Work Opportunities Act of ...; H.R. 1131: Fairness in Student Loan Lending ...; H.R. 6265: Medigap Consumer Protection Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 10 1
6 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 76th fewest bills (tied w/ 27) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 30) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 70) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

4th fewest bills among Washington Delegation; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of McDermott’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. 1804: Crude-By-Rail Safety Act; H.R. 5290: Housing for Homeless Students Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 10 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 68th fewest bills (tied w/ 35) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 72nd fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 181st fewest bills (tied w/ 77) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

31st least bipartisan among House Democrats

Of the 477 bills that McDermott cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Washington Delegation 4th least bipartisan out of 10 11
42% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 91st least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 31st least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 191st most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

41st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

McDermott cosponsored 477 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 2nd most bills out of 10 144
528 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 40th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 41st most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

74th fewest cosponsors among Serving 10+ Years

McDermott’s bills and resolutions had 186 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Washington Delegation 5th fewest cosponsors out of 10 55
817 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 74th fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 80th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 196th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Government Transparency

97th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 48 others

GovTrack looked at whether McDermott supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McDermott 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Washington Delegation 3rd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 10 0
7 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 49th most supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 69th least supportive (tied w/ 41) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 97th most supportive (tied w/ 48) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Missed Votes

123rd most absent among All Representatives; tied with 7 others

McDermott missed 4.1% of votes (54 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View McDermott’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Washington Delegation 3rd most absent out of 10 0
23% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 69th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 123rd most absent (tied w/ 7) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Introduced

131st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 21 others

McDermott introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 10 10
30 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 68th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 61st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 131st most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McDermott introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation fewest bills along with 3 others out of 10 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 55 others out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 81 others out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

McDermott 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. 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 McDermott’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Washington Delegation 2nd highest score (tied w/ 4) out of 10 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 87) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

McDermott introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 10 0
3 View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 97 others out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 113 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 238 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.