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Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Conyers’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 the 113th Congress 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 (3rd percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives

15 of Conyers’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 100: Protecting Employees and Retirees in ...; H.R. 101: Home Foreclosure Reduction Act of ...; H.R. 676: Expanded & Improved Medicare For ...; H.R. 1000: Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training ...; 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. 3349: Innovation Protection Act; H.R. 3353: Extend Not Cut SNAP Benefits ...; H.R. 4459: Democracy Restoration Act of 2014; H.R. 4835: Stopping Abusive Student Loan Collection ...; H.R. 5132: Preventing Termination of Utility Services ...; H.R. 5133: Protecting Employees and Retirees in ...

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


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to Michigan Delegation

Conyers missed 4.3% of votes (52 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Conyers’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (71st 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.


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to All Representatives

Conyers cosponsored 643 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 (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 643 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 (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

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


 

Got the 12th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Conyers’s bills and resolutions had 714 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 18th most bills compared to All Representatives

Conyers introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 29th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Conyers’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 53rd lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives

Conyers tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 19% of Conyers’s 37 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (20th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Conyers introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress 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).


 

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 (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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 (57th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Conyers introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

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 the 113th Congress) 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.