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Rep. Lois Capps’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from California's 24th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Capps’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her 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 Capps’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.

 

Was most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats

Capps missed 7.7% of votes (54 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Capps’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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.


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Competitive House Seats

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 Capps’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (34th percentile); Competitive House Seats (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to California Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Capps’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.Res. 245: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 410: Pause for Safety Act of ...; H.R. 1865: Central Coast Heritage Protection Act; H.R. 2198: Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe ...

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Capps introduced 22 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to Competitive House Seats

6 of Capps’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. 1276: Coastal State Climate Change Planning ...; H.R. 1277: Ocean Acidification Research Partnerships Act; H.R. 1278: Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability ...; H.R. 1952: California Ocean and Coastal Protection ...; H.R. 2198: Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe ...; H.R. 2216: Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking ...

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Capps’s bills and resolutions had 401 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 California Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Capps tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 36% of Capps’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (25th percentile); California Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 32nd 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 Capps’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); Competitive House Seats (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Capps 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 California Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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. Capps introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Capps 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 Capps’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Capps cosponsored 196 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 California Delegation (53rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 196 bills that Capps cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (26th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Capps supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Capps 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Capps cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.