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Rep. Judy Chu’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Chu’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her 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 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 bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 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. 401: Recognizing the significance of Asian/Pacific ...; H.R. 116: Investing in Main Street Act ...; H.R. 810: To block the implementation of ...; H.R. 884: Medicare Mental Health Access Act; H.R. 1069: Shut Down Child Prison Camps ...; H.R. 1300: Taxpayer Penalty Protection Act of ...; H.R. 1370: Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act; H.R. 2214: NO BAN Act; H.R. 2215: San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and ...; H.R. 2958: Increasing Access to Mental Health ...; H.R. 2975: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; H.R. 2976: Filing Relief for Natural Disasters ...; H.R. 3294: Refund Equality Act of 2019; H.R. 4922: Providing Real Opportunities for Growth ...

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

13 of Chu’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. 810: To block the implementation of ...; H.R. 884: Medicare Mental Health Access Act; H.R. 1183: Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors ...; H.R. 1228: HEART Act of 2019; H.R. 1370: Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act; H.R. 2064: To amend title XI of ...; H.R. 2214: NO BAN Act; H.R. 2975: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; H.R. 3222: No Federal Funds for Public ...; H.R. 3668: Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and ...; H.R. 3711: Nutrition CARE Act of 2019; H.R. 3799: Reuniting Families Act; H.R. 5225: POWER Act

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Chu’s bills and resolutions had 1,243 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 California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 16th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Was 13th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

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

Compare to all California Delegation (17th 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 18th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Chu introduced 36 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 432 bills that Chu cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 28th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 31st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Chu’s 36 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Chu caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 54th most bills compared to All Representatives

Chu cosponsored 432 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 (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Chu 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 California 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. Chu introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 116: Investing in Main Street Act ...; H.R. 2215: San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and ...; H.R. 3299: Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity ...

Compare to all California Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Chu held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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.