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Rep. John Lewis’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 1987 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Lewis’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 Lewis’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 Georgia 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lewis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Lewis’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. 12: Voter Empowerment Act of 2017; H.R. 1165: Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax ...; H.R. 1602: Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax ...; H.R. 1830: Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2017

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Lewis 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 Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Lewis’s bills and resolutions had 517 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 Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Lewis’s 40 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lewis caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to Georgia Delegation

Lewis missed 6.1% of votes (74 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Lewis’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Representatives (77th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd least often compared to Georgia Delegation (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Lewis supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lewis 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lewis cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 396 bills that Lewis cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 27th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lewis introduced 40 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked the 48th 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 Lewis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 61st least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 58 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lewis introduced 1 bill in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 267: Martin Luther King, Jr. National ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lewis introduced 1 bill 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. 267: Martin Luther King, Jr. National ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Lewis’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.Res. 455: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 12: Voter Empowerment Act of 2017; H.R. 2612: Community Reentry Act of 2017; H.R. 2640: Every Child Deserves a Family ...; H.R. 6525: Higher Education Dream Act of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Lewis 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 Lewis’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.