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Rep. John Sarbanes’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Maryland's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Sarbanes’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Ranked the top leader compared to Maryland Delegation

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Sarbanes’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Maryland Delegation

Sarbanes missed 0.4% of votes (4 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Sarbanes’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

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

Sarbanes’s bills and resolutions had 450 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Maryland Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most politically left compared to Maryland 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Sarbanes’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Sarbanes introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 25th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 9 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Sarbanes’s 10 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sarbanes caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 33rd least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 358 bills that Sarbanes cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 37th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Sarbanes cosponsored 358 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 (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 34 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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 …; H.R. 4707: Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness …

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Sarbanes introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 6263: To amend title XVIII of …

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th 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 4 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1: For the People Act of …; H.R. 2075: School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act …; H.R. 2427: Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails …; H.R. 6263: To amend title XVIII of …

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Sarbanes’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 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; H.R. 6037: Fair Access to Legal Counsel …

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (61st 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).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.