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Rep. Lee Zeldin’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Zeldin’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Zeldin’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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Zeldin cosponsored 116 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 New York Delegation (4th percentile); Competitive House Seats (15th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Zeldin missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Zeldin’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Competitive House Seats (5th percentile); House Freshmen (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Zeldin introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Zeldin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Competitive House Seats (69th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Zeldin’s bills and resolutions had 139 cosponsors in 2015. 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 New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (62nd percentile); House Freshmen (80th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 15th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 116 bills that Zeldin cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Competitive House Seats (58th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 18th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Zeldin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); Competitive House Seats (36th percentile); House Freshmen (36th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Zeldin introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Zeldin introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Zeldin’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1187: To amend title 38, United ...; H.R. 3229: To amend title XVIII of ...; H.Con.Res. 51: Expressing the sense of the ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (67th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Republicans (65th 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 Zeldin’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. 3229: To amend title XVIII of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (35th percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Zeldin tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 45% of Zeldin’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Freshmen (50th percentile); New York Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (35th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Zeldin 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 Zeldin’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Zeldin supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Zeldin 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 2015) 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.