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Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Blunt Rochester’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to House Sophomores

Blunt Rochester cosponsored 349 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 Sophomores (80th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to House Sophomores

Of the 349 bills that Blunt Rochester cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (20th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

Blunt Rochester introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got the 15th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Blunt Rochester’s bills and resolutions had 44 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Blunt Rochester’s 7 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blunt Rochester caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 51st least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 48 others)

2 of Blunt Rochester’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 987: Strengthening Health Care and Lowering ...; H.R. 2348: Clean Slate Act of 2019

Compare to all House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Was 97th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 25 others)

Blunt Rochester missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Blunt Rochester’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (31st percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Blunt Rochester introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 5361: Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (71st percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 987: Strengthening Health Care and Lowering ...; H.R. 5361: Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 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. 5361: Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.