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Rep. Juan Vargas’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 51st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Vargas’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 Vargas’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 9th bottom/follower compared to House Sophomores

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Vargas’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (11th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Ranked 10th most liberal compared to House Sophomores

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Vargas’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (35th percentile); House Sophomores (12th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Was 10th most present in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Vargas missed 1.1% of votes (14 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Vargas’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Got the 17th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Vargas’s bills and resolutions had 98 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 »

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th least often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 12 others)

2 of Vargas’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. 1568: Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ...; H.R. 3711: Chicano Park Preservation Act

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

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

Vargas cosponsored H.R. 367: Campaign Sunlight Act of 2015; H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 21 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Vargas’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); House Sophomores (1st percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 58th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Vargas cosponsored 427 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 California Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Vargas 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.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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 Introduced

Vargas introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); House Sophomores (37th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Vargas introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3711: Chicano Park Preservation Act

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Vargas 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 Vargas’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 427 bills that Vargas cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


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 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.