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Rep. Kathy Castor’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 14th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Castor’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 Castor’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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Castor tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Castor’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 4th most often compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Castor supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Castor 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Castor cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Florida Delegation

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 Castor’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th most often compared to Florida Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 303 bills that Castor cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 22nd top leader compared to House Democrats

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 Castor’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 19 others)

1 of Castor’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. 2005: Medicare Drug Savings Act of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Castor introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Castor held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Castor’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Castor cosponsored 303 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 Florida Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (60th 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 Castor’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. 2005: Medicare Drug Savings Act of ...; H.R. 4393: Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Castor introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Castor introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Florida 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.


 

Cosponsors

Castor’s bills and resolutions had 339 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 »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Castor missed 3.1% of votes (41 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Castor’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Representatives (61st 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.


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 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.