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Rep. Lois Frankel’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 22nd District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Frankel’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 Frankel’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th most often compared to Florida Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 244 bills that Frankel cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 13th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 5 others)

Frankel introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Frankel’s bills and resolutions had 281 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 Florida Delegation (74th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 41st least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

1 of Frankel’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.Con.Res. 53: Honoring American veterans disabled for ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 95th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Frankel cosponsored 244 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 Florida Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Frankel 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 Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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. Frankel introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Frankel’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.Con.Res. 52: Honoring American veterans disabled for ...; H.Con.Res. 53: Honoring American veterans disabled for ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); House Sophomores (53rd percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Frankel 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 Frankel’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Frankel missed 1.7% of votes (12 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Frankel’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th 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 Frankel supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Frankel 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (33rd 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.