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Rep. Judy Chu’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 27th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Chu’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 Chu’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.

 

Ideology Score

6th most liberal among All Representatives

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 Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
California Delegation 3rd most liberal out of 52
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House Democrats 6th most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 6th most liberal out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

11th most bills among All Representatives

Chu cosponsored 653 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
California Delegation 4th most bills out of 52 14
801 bills View All
House Democrats 11th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 11th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

11th most bills among California Delegation; tied with 9 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Chu’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.Res. 283: Recognizing the significance of Asian/Pacific ...; H.Res. 757: Recognizing the significance of Asian/Pacific ...; H.R. 4098: Minority-Serving Institution Fairness Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Democrats 62nd most bills (tied w/ 26) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

16th least bipartisan among House Democrats

Of the 653 bills that Chu cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 14th least bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
House Democrats 16th least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 216th least 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.

 

Committee Positions

22nd highest score among House Democrats; tied with 1 other

Chu held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Chu’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
California Delegation 6th highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 52 0
5 points View All
House Democrats 22nd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 53rd highest score (tied w/ 16) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

21st fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 21 others

Chu tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Chu’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 21) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 52nd fewest bills (tied w/ 47) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

46th fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 30 others

2 of Chu’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. 448: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; H.R. 4008: POWER Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 52 0
19 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
 

Leadership Score

67th best score among House Democrats

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 Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
California Delegation 21st best score out of 52
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House Democrats 67th best score out of 191
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All Representatives 198th best score out of 439
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Cosponsors

107th most cosponsors among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Chu’s bills and resolutions had 419 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
California Delegation 14th most cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 51st most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 107th most cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

106th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 5 others

Chu missed 4.5% of votes (60 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Chu’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 15th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 106th most absent (tied w/ 5) 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.

 

Government Transparency

97th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 48 others

GovTrack looked at whether Chu supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Chu 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation 20th most supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 52 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 69th least supportive (tied w/ 41) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 97th most supportive (tied w/ 48) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Chu 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. 4761: To designate the facility of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 52 0
13 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
 

Bills Introduced

182nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 15 others

Chu introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 24th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 52 3
53 bills View All
House Democrats 88th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 182nd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

Chu introduced 1 bill 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 4761: To designate the facility of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 7th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 52 0
5 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) 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.