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Rep. Julia Brownley’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 26th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Brownley’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 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.

 

Missed Votes

5th most voting among California Delegation; tied with 2 others

Brownley missed 0.8% of votes (11 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Brownley’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 5th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 12th most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 62nd most voting (tied w/ 13) 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.

 

Ideology Score

15th most liberal among House Sophomores

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 Brownley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
California Delegation 26th most liberal out of 52
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House Sophomores 15th most liberal out of 73
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House Democrats 95th most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 95th most liberal out of 439
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Bills Out of Committee

14th most bills among California Delegation; tied with 6 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brownley introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2915: Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act; H.R. 6138: To designate the facility of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 14th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores 17th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Democrats 18th most bills (tied w/ 32) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bills (tied w/ 86) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

23rd most bills among House Democrats; tied with 6 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Brownley’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 7th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 52 0
22 bills View All
House Sophomores 10th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Democrats 23rd most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 72nd most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

19th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 17 others

GovTrack looked at whether Brownley supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Brownley 7 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. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation 4th most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 52 0
10 points View All
House Sophomores 4th most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 17th most supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 19th most supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Leadership Score

28th worst score among House Sophomores

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 Brownley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
California Delegation 26th worst score out of 52
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House Sophomores 28th worst score out of 73
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House Democrats 91st best score out of 191
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All Representatives 180th worst score out of 439
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Cosponsors

33rd fewest cosponsors among House Sophomores

Brownley’s bills and resolutions had 218 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 24th most cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 33rd fewest cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 92nd most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 206th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

37th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Brownley cosponsored 479 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 13th most bills out of 52 14
801 bills View All
House Sophomores 10th most bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Democrats 36th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 37th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

76th most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 479 bills that Brownley cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 9th most bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
House Sophomores 22nd most bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Democrats 71st most bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 76th most 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.

 

Working with the Senate

72nd fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 31 others

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. 4095: To amend the charter of ...; H.R. 6220: Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 21st most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 72nd fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 181st fewest bills (tied w/ 77) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

127th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 50 others

4 of Brownley’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. 607: Help Hire Our Heroes Act; H.R. 1948: Veterans’ Access to Child Care ...; H.R. 2974: Veteran Continuity of Care Act; H.R. 3523: Honoring Our Fallen TSA Officers ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 17th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
19 bills View All
House Sophomores 18th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Democrats 60th most bills (tied w/ 24) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 127th most bills (tied w/ 50) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

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

Brownley 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 Sophomores 36th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 73 2
65 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
 

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. 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 Brownley’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
California Delegation 8th highest score (tied w/ 27) out of 52 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Brownley 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. 6138: 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 Sophomores 10th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 73 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.