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Rep. Kathy Castor’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 14th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Castor’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 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.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to Florida Delegation

Castor held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 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 Castor’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Florida Delegation

Of the 381 bills that Castor cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Florida Delegation

Castor’s bills and resolutions had 638 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 Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to Florida Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Castor introduced 4 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 9: Climate Action Now Act; H.R. 1010: To provide that the rule ...; H.R. 1226: ACE Kids Act of 2019; H.R. 1386: ENROLL Act of 2019

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

6 of Castor’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. 9: Climate Action Now Act; H.R. 1010: To provide that the rule ...; H.R. 1226: ACE Kids Act of 2019; H.R. 1363: Honest Elections and Campaign, No ...; H.R. 1386: ENROLL Act of 2019; H.Con.Res. 20: Supporting the Local Radio Freedom ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 4th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Castor’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Ranked the 27th 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 Castor’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Was 28th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Castor missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Castor’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 82nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Castor cosponsored 381 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 (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Castor introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1226: ACE Kids Act of 2019

Compare to all Florida Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 Introduced

Castor introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (51st 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 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.

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

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Castor’s 13 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Castor caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


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.