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Rep. Judy Chu’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 27th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Chu’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Chu’s 26 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Chu caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (9th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 338: Recognizing the significance of Asian/Pacific ...; H.Res. 911: Recognizing the significance of Asian/Pacific ...; H.R. 1322: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; H.R. 4271: To block the implementation of ...; H.R. 5932: Increasing Access to Mental Health ...

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 33rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Chu cosponsored 584 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 (83rd percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 33rd most liberal compared to 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (11th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Got the 65th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Chu’s bills and resolutions had 546 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (72nd percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 72nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

6 of Chu’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1322: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; H.R. 4271: To block the implementation of ...; H.R. 4684: Ensuring Access to Quality Sober ...; H.R. 4944: Reuniting Families Act; H.R. 5908: POWER Act; H.R. 7052: No Federal Funds for Public ...

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Introduced the 95th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

Chu introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Chu introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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 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. Chu introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2364: Investing in Main Street Act ...; H.R. 4684: Ensuring Access to Quality Sober ...

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Chu 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 Chu’s Profile »

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 584 bills that Chu cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); House Democrats (26th 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.


 

Leadership Score

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Chu missed 2.2% of votes (27 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Chu’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Chu supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Chu 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 the 115th Congress) 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.