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Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 13th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Dec 5, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Conyers’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Conyers’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.

 

Ranked most liberal compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Conyers’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (2nd percentile); Safe House Seats (1st percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Michigan Delegation

Conyers missed 5.3% of votes (34 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Conyers’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Michigan 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 Conyers’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. 2149: Families for Foster Youth Stamp ...; H.R. 2381: Youth Jobs Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

9 of Conyers’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 100: Protecting Employees and Retirees in ...; H.R. 101: Home Foreclosure Reduction Act of ...; H.R. 676: Expanded & Improved Medicare For ...; H.R. 1121: Cyber Privacy Fortification Act of ...; H.R. 2480: Nurse and Health Care Worker ...; H.R. 2851: End Racial Profiling Act of ...; H.R. 3069: Shield Our Streets Act of ...; H.R. 3108: Extend Not Cut SNAP Benefits ...; H.R. 3353: Extend Not Cut SNAP Benefits ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to All Representatives

Conyers cosponsored 460 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 Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Conyers’s bills and resolutions had 554 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Conyers’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 460 bills that Conyers cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 19th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Conyers introduced 24 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Conyers introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Conyers introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Conyers tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of Conyers’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Conyers held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Conyers’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Conyers supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Conyers 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 2013) 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.

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