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Rep. Joaquin Castro’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 20th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Castro’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 Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Castro’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.

 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Castro cosponsored 154 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 Texas Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (3rd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to Texas Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Castro supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Castro 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Castro cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2143: EMPOWER Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Sophomores (81st percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Was 7th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Castro missed 6.9% of votes (91 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Castro’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Ranked 8th most liberal compared to Texas 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 Castro’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Castro’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. 3481: PRIDE Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 6 others)

Castro tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Castro’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (10th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 44th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 154 bills that Castro cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Castro 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 Castro’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Castro’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (28th percentile); House Sophomores (32nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Castro’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.Res. 160: Welcoming the Seventh Summit of ...; H.Res. 327: Recognizing the three-year anniversary of ...; H.R. 3785: Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names ...; H.R. 4743: National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Castro 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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. Castro introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3924: Global Development Lab Act of ...; H.R. 4743: National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Castro’s bills and resolutions had 203 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 »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Castro introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 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.