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Rep. Jimmy Gomez’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from California's 34th District
Democrat
Serving Jul 11, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Gomez’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Gomez’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.

 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Gomez introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 3039: To provide for a 5-year ...; H.R. 3421: Fair Choices for Medicare Beneficiaries ...

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Ranked 6th most liberal compared to House Sophomores

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gomez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); House Sophomores (9th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 252 bills that Gomez cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (2nd percentile); House Sophomores (2nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Gomez’s bills and resolutions had 251 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (40th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gomez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 57th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Gomez cosponsored 252 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 (25th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 70th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 34 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Gomez’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. 3129: Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s ...; H.R. 4506: Home Energy Savings Act; H.R. 4646: New Home Energy Efficiency Act; H.R. 4857: For the 99.8 Percent Act

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Was 97th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 25 others)

Gomez missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Gomez’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (31st percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Gomez introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gomez introduced 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3039: To provide for a 5-year ...; H.R. 3421: Fair Choices for Medicare Beneficiaries ...

Compare to all California Delegation (31st percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Gomez’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 404: Commending Korean and Korean-American Vietnam ...; H.R. 3129: Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s ...; H.R. 4297: Enhance Access To SNAP Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Gomez’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gomez caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (37th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Gomez held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Gomez’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.