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Rep. John Garamendi’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Garamendi’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Garamendi’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.

 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Garamendi introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (11th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to California Delegation (tied with 5 others)

2 of Garamendi’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1251: CPI-E Act of 2017; H.R. 5879: Merchant Mariners of World War ...

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Ranked the 31st 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Garamendi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (68th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 55th most bills compared to All Representatives

Garamendi cosponsored 503 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 (75th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked 85th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Garamendi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (36th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 107th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 503 bills that Garamendi cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Garamendi introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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. 5326: Maritime Technical Corrections Act of ...; H.R. 6206: Coast Guard Blue Technology Center ...

Compare to all California Delegation (74th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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. Garamendi introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5326: Maritime Technical Corrections Act of ...; H.R. 6206: Coast Guard Blue Technology Center ...

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Garamendi’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. 1738: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...; H.R. 5893: Energizing American Shipbuilding Act; H.R. 6028: Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Disclosure Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Garamendi’s 10 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Garamendi caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Garamendi 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. View Garamendi’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Garamendi’s bills and resolutions had 362 cosponsors in the 115th 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 California Delegation (58th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Garamendi missed 4.2% of votes (51 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Garamendi’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Garamendi supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Garamendi 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Garamendi cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.