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Rep. John Sarbanes’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Maryland's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Sarbanes’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Sarbanes’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.

 

Missed Votes

2nd most voting among Maryland Delegation

Sarbanes missed 1.7% of votes (22 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Sarbanes’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Maryland Delegation 2nd most voting out of 8 1
5% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 57th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 172nd most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

13th fewest bills among House Democrats

Sarbanes cosponsored 186 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Maryland Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 8 90
498 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 42nd fewest bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 13th fewest bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 92nd fewest bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

20th fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 4 others

Sarbanes introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Maryland Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 8 4
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 26th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 51st fewest bills (tied w/ 20) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

19th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 17 others

GovTrack looked at whether Sarbanes supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sarbanes 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sponsored: H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 425: Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Maryland Delegation 2nd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 8 0
12 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 11th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 17th most supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 19th most supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

44th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 31 others

2 of Sarbanes’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 882: No Child Left Inside Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Maryland Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 8 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 44th fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 46th fewest bills (tied w/ 30) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 119th fewest bills (tied w/ 72) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

141st most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 186 bills that Sarbanes cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Maryland Delegation 3rd most bipartisan out of 8 7
45% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 68th most bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 63rd least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 141st most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

116th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 100 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sarbanes introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3680: Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Maryland Delegation 3rd most bills out of 8 0
4 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 57th fewest bills (tied w/ 42) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 51st most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

144th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 45 others

Sarbanes tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Sarbanes’s 7 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Maryland Delegation 3rd most bills out of 8 1
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 66th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 20) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 144th fewest bills (tied w/ 45) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

195th most cosponsors among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Sarbanes’s bills and resolutions had 234 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Maryland Delegation 4th most cosponsors out of 8 12
358 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 90th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 88th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 195th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Committee Positions

Sarbanes held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Sarbanes’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Maryland Delegation lowest score along with 4 others out of 8 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 38) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 73 others out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Sarbanes’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Maryland Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 8 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 33) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 80) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Sarbanes introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Maryland Delegation fewest bills along with 6 others out of 8 0
1 View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 88 others out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 105 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.