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Rep. Ken Calvert’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 42nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Calvert’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Calvert’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.

 

Ranked 3rd most conservative compared to California 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Calvert’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 139 bills that Calvert cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Got the 12th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to California Delegation

Calvert’s bills and resolutions had 54 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Was 34th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Calvert missed 0.9% of votes (6 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Calvert’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (26th 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.


 

Ranked the 51st bottom/follower compared to House Republicans

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Calvert’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Calvert introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. 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 Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Calvert introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Calvert introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 330: Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial ...

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Calvert’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 331: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3006: To authorize a land exchange ...

Compare to all California Delegation (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Calvert’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. 3007: To amend title 38, United ...

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Calvert tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 36% of Calvert’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Calvert 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 Calvert’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Calvert cosponsored 139 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 (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Calvert supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Calvert 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.