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Rep. John Sarbanes’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Maryland's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Sarbanes’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 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 (tied with 1 other)

Sarbanes missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Sarbanes’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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.


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

Sarbanes introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 33rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Sarbanes’s 7 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sarbanes caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 45th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Sarbanes cosponsored 238 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 (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 71st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 238 bills that Sarbanes cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).

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


 

Got the 92nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Sarbanes’s bills and resolutions had 409 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 Maryland Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sarbanes introduced 0 bills 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.

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 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1: For the People Act of ...; H.R. 2427: Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Sarbanes’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. 1: For the People Act of ...; H.R. 2075: School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 2441: What You Can Do For ...; H.R. 5527: 21st Century Power Grid Act

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 2075: School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 2441: What You Can Do For ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

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).


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.