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Rep. John Garamendi’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Garamendi’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 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.

 

Ranked the 24th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Garamendi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Garamendi’s 22 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Garamendi caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Got the 25th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Garamendi’s bills and resolutions had 813 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 (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 357: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...; H.R. 550: Merchant Mariners of World War ...; H.R. 2208: Cabin Air Safety Act of ...; H.R. 2617: OATH Act; H.R. 2838: Enhancing the Strength and Capacity ...; H.R. 3459: Made in America Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 45th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 30 others)

6 of Garamendi’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.R. 550: Merchant Mariners of World War ...; H.R. 864: Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act ...; H.R. 1137: To amend the Water Resources ...; H.R. 1553: Fair COLA for Seniors Act; H.R. 2617: OATH Act; H.R. 3193: Transportation Emergency Relief Funds Availability ...

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 73rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Garamendi cosponsored 396 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 (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 80th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

Garamendi introduced 22 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Garamendi introduced 1 bill 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. 357: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...

Compare to all California Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (57th 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 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 357: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...; H.R. 550: Merchant Mariners of World War ...

Compare to all California Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 396 bills that Garamendi cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 Garamendi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Garamendi missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Garamendi’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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.


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.