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Rep. John Sarbanes’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Sarbanes’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Maryland Delegation

Sarbanes missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Sarbanes’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Representatives (7th 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 15th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Sarbanes cosponsored 160 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 Maryland Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 44th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 160 bills that Sarbanes cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 61st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

Sarbanes introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

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. View Sarbanes’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1027: Hallways to Health Act

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Sarbanes’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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 ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Sarbanes tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Sarbanes’s 5 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sarbanes introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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. Sarbanes introduced 0 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Sarbanes’s bills and resolutions had 197 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Maryland Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Sarbanes supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sarbanes 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 2017) 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.