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Rep. Karen Bass’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 37th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Bass’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 Bass’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 2nd most absent in votes compared to California Delegation

Bass missed 5.5% of votes (52 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Bass’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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 10th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

16 of Bass’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.Res. 339: Expressing support for the designation …; H.Res. 358: Calling on the Government of …; H.Res. 410: Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American …; H.Res. 542: Expressing support for the designation …; H.Res. 751: Reaffirming the partnership between the …; H.Res. 768: Calling on African governments to …; H.Res. 1120: Urging the Government of Tanzania …; H.Res. 1183: Supporting respect for human rights …; H.Res. 1221: Urging the United States to …; H.Res. 1225: Celebrating the National Urban League …; H.R. 1585: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act …; H.R. 4101: Build Local, Hire Local Act; H.R. 7120: George Floyd Justice in Policing …; H.R. 8118: Foster Youth Dental Act of …; H.R. 8352: To advance black families in …; H.Con.Res. 4: Calling for credible, transparent, and …

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bass introduced 11 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 358: Calling on the Government of …; H.Res. 410: Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American …; H.Res. 751: Reaffirming the partnership between the …; H.Res. 768: Calling on African governments to …; H.R. 507: Put Trafficking Victims First Act …; H.R. 1585: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act …; H.R. 7120: George Floyd Justice in Policing …; H.R. 7673: Represent America Abroad Act of …; H.R. 7718: Protecting the Health and Wellness …; H.R. 8161: The One Stop Shop Community …; H.Con.Res. 57: Authorizing the use of Emancipation …

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 23rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Bass’s bills and resolutions had 1,264 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 (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked the 24th 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 Bass’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 31st most politically left 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bass’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 27th 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. 24 of Bass’s 39 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Bass caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 35th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 581 bills that Bass cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Democrats (14th 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 bicameral support on the 34th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Bass’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. 340: Recognizing National Foster Care Month …; H.Res. 542: Expressing support for the designation …; H.Res. 966: Recognizing National Foster Care Month …; H.Res. 1101: Expressing support for the designation …; H.R. 2702: Family First Transition and Support …; H.R. 3057: Immediate Coverage for Former Foster …; H.R. 3059: Expanded Coverage for Former Foster …; H.R. 4101: Build Local, Hire Local Act; H.R. 7120: George Floyd Justice in Policing …; H.R. 8474: Community-Based Response Act

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 58th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Bass introduced 39 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Held the 57th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Bass held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 Bass’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 89th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Bass cosponsored 581 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 (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bass 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.


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.