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Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 35th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Doggett’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 Doggett’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to House Democrats

Doggett introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 209: Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials ...; H.R. 876: NOTICE Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Texas Delegation

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 Doggett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 16th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Doggett cosponsored 127 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 Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Got the 18th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Doggett’s bills and resolutions had 408 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 Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked the 19th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 Doggett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 31st least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 127 bills that Doggett cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 40th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

5 of Doggett’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. 209: Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials ...; H.R. 1260: American Opportunity Tax Credit Act ...; H.R. 1749: Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 3627: Earth Act; H.R. 3770: End Surprise Billing Act of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Doggett introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Doggett introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 876: NOTICE Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th 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. 3 of Doggett’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. 209: Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials ...; H.R. 297: Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act; H.R. 3446: Simplifying Financial Aid for Students ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Doggett held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Doggett’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Doggett missed 1.4% of votes (10 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Doggett’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 Doggett supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Doggett 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Doggett cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st 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 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.