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Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Delaware's At-Large District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Blunt Rochester’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Blunt Rochester’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 the 19th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Blunt Rochester’s bills and resolutions had 49 cosponsors in the 115th 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 House Freshmen (25th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Introduced the 22nd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

Blunt Rochester introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 28th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Blunt Rochester’s 8 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blunt Rochester caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all House Freshmen (16th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 43rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Blunt Rochester cosponsored 318 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 House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blunt Rochester introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Freshmen (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blunt Rochester introduced 0 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Blunt Rochester’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 4416: Simple FAFSA Act of 2017; H.R. 6669: Clean Slate Act of 2018; H.R. 6677: Clean Slate Act of 2018

Compare to all House Freshmen (51st percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Blunt Rochester’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. 6669: Clean Slate Act of 2018; H.R. 6677: Clean Slate Act of 2018

Compare to all House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Blunt Rochester 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 Blunt Rochester’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 318 bills that Blunt Rochester cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Blunt Rochester missed 1.6% of votes (19 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Blunt Rochester’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (55th percentile); All Representatives (31st 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Blunt Rochester supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Blunt Rochester 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Blunt Rochester cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (54th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.