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Rep. Judy Chu’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 27th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Chu’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her 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 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.

 

Ranked 3rd most politically left compared to California 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 Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th 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. 19 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.Res. 581: Expressing support for the recognition …; H.Res. 983: Recognizing the significance of Asian/Pacific …; H.Res. 1157: Expressing support for the recognition …; 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 …; H.R. 6065: To block the implementation of …; H.R. 6106: DIPLOMA Act

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

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 736 bills that Chu cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 15th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Chu’s bills and resolutions had 1,553 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 California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 18th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Chu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Was 17th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Chu missed 0.5% of votes (5 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Chu’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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 influential cosponsors the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

14 of Chu’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. 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; H.R. 6437: Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 30th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Chu introduced 51 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Chu cosponsored 736 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 (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 76th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Chu’s 51 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Chu caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Chu introduced 0 bills 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.

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 5 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 116: Investing in Main Street Act …; H.R. 2214: NO BAN Act; H.R. 2215: San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and …; H.R. 3299: Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity …; H.R. 7903: To amend the Small Business …

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st 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 (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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.