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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Sinema’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her 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 Sinema’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 fewest committee positions compared to Arizona Delegation

Sinema 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. 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 Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Arizona Delegation

Sinema missed 2.7% of votes (32 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (66th percentile); House Freshmen (70th percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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.


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Sinema introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (18th percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

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

2 of Sinema’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. 1424: SEAM Act of 2013; H.R. 3387: Classified Veterans Access to Care ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th bottom follower compared to Competitive House Seats

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 Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (9th percentile); House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Got the 5th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Sinema’s bills and resolutions had 46 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 Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (9th percentile); House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 39th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 311 bills that Sinema cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (70th percentile); House Freshmen (89th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sinema introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Sinema cosponsored 311 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 Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (66th percentile); House Freshmen (67th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (71st 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 Sinema’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 Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (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.


 

Laws Enacted

Sinema introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.