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Rep. Ken Calvert’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Calvert’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 the 113th Congress 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 (80th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 214 bills that Calvert cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Got the 9th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Calvert’s bills and resolutions had 83 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Was 35th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Calvert missed 1.4% of votes (17 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Calvert’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (30th 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 39th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Calvert’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Calvert introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 330: Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial ...; H.R. 3006: To authorize a land exchange ...; H.R. 5171: Department of the Interior, Environment, ...

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Calvert introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. 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. 330: Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial ...

Compare to all California Delegation (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 Introduced

Calvert introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Calvert’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 331: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3006: To authorize a land exchange ...; H.R. 5079: To amend the William Wilberforce ...

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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 (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd 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. 29% of Calvert’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Calvert cosponsored 214 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 (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 the 113th Congress) 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.