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Rep. Julia Brownley’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from California's 26th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Brownley’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Brownley’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.

 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to California Delegation

Brownley missed 0.3% of votes (4 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Brownley’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (7th percentile); California Delegation (4th percentile); House Freshmen (7th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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.


 

Ranked 3rd most politically left compared to Competitive House Seats

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brownley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (5th percentile); California Delegation (47th percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 422 bills that Brownley cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (48th percentile); California Delegation (87th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

Brownley introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (59th percentile); California Delegation (60th percentile); House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Got the 15th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Brownley’s bills and resolutions had 226 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Competitive House Seats (52nd percentile); California Delegation (60th percentile); House Freshmen (82nd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 9 others)

3 of Brownley’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.Res. 104: Expressing the sense of the …; H.R. 1284: To amend title 38, United …; H.R. 4149: Help Hire our Heroes Act

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); California Delegation (49th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 43rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Brownley cosponsored 422 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 Competitive House Seats (84th percentile); California Delegation (85th percentile); House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Brownley introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brownley introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Brownley’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.R. 3395: VOW to Hire Heroes Extension …; H.R. 3804: To repeal the annual adjustment …

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (43rd percentile); California Delegation (49th percentile); House Freshmen (61st percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Brownley tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 41% of Brownley’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (32nd percentile); California Delegation (72nd percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Brownley 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 Brownley’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); California Delegation (38th percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brownley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (43rd percentile); California Delegation (40th percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brownley supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Brownley 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.