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Rep. Kathleen Rice’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Rice’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Rice’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the most often compared to New York Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 244 bills that Rice cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Rice’s bills and resolutions had 31 cosponsors in 2015. 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 New York Delegation (4th percentile); House Freshmen (38th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Rice cosponsored 244 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 New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Freshmen (89th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Was 10th most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen

Rice missed 2.7% of votes (19 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Rice’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Rice supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rice 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Rice cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 12 others)

Rice introduced 4 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Freshmen (16th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rice introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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. Rice introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2770: Keeping our Travelers Safe and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Rice’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1382: Boosting Rates of American Veteran ...; H.R. 2770: Keeping our Travelers Safe and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); House Freshmen (63rd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Rice’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.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Rice 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 Rice’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 2015) 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.