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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s 2016 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 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 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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1720: Child and Dependent Care FSA ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom follower compared to Arizona Delegation

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 Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Sinema introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd 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 358 bills that Sinema cosponsored, 59% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 4th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Sinema’s bills and resolutions had 73 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 Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (8th percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sinema introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3032: Securities and Exchange Commission Reporting ...; H.R. 4139: Fostering Innovation Act of 2015; H.R. 4538: Senior Safe Act of 2016

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Was 17th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Sinema missed 3.7% of votes (49 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (75th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th least often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 12 others)

2 of Sinema’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. 421: Classified Veterans Access to Care ...; H.R. 4260: Servicemember Higher Education Protection Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 23rd most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Sinema’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 67th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Sinema supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sinema 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sinema cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 1381: Transparency in Government Act of ...; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Sinema cosponsored 358 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 (44th percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Democrats (51st percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sinema 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 Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Committee Positions

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. View Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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 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.