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Rep. Julia Brownley’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from California's 26th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Brownley’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 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.

 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to All Representatives

Brownley introduced 45 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 18th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Brownley’s bills and resolutions had 1,016 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 (90th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 23rd 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 Brownley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 27th most bills compared to All Representatives

Brownley cosponsored 514 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 (87th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th 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 Brownley’s 45 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Brownley caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 37th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 514 bills that Brownley cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 45th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 30 others)

6 of Brownley’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. 93: Same Day Registration Act of ...; H.R. 94: Amend the Code for Marriage ...; H.R. 95: Homeless Veteran Families Act; H.R. 372: Honoring Our Fallen TSA Officers ...; H.R. 592: Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud ...; H.R. 3224: Deborah Sampson Act

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 65th most left (~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 Brownley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (29th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Was 97th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 25 others)

Brownley missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Brownley’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Brownley 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); 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. Brownley introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 95: Homeless Veteran Families Act; H.R. 840: Veterans’ Access to Child Care ...; H.R. 3224: Deborah Sampson Act

Compare to all California Delegation (48th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 2094: CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act ...; H.R. 5138: Protecting Social Workers and Health ...; H.R. 5297: CONTRACT Act of 2019

Compare to all California Delegation (48th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

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 California Delegation (27th 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.