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Rep. Louise Slaughter’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New York's 25th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Mar 16, 2018


These year-end statistics cover Slaughter’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Slaughter’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to New York Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Slaughter supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Slaughter 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Slaughter cosponsored H.R. 1380: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Slaughter introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 3458: Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Slaughter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Slaughter missed 6.7% of votes (43 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Slaughter’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Slaughter’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. 2275: Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification ...; H.R. 2896: Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local ...; H.R. 2902: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...; H.R. 3458: Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Slaughter held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Slaughter’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to New York Delegation

Of the 306 bills that Slaughter cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

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

Slaughter’s bills and resolutions had 418 cosponsors in 2013. 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 New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Ranked the 24th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Slaughter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 30th most bills compared to All Representatives

Slaughter cosponsored 306 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 New York Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 38th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

4 of Slaughter’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 996: Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention ...; H.R. 1150: Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical ...; H.R. 1389: MARCH for Military Women Act; H.R. 2896: Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 69th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Slaughter introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Slaughter introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Slaughter tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Slaughter’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all New York Delegation (29th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (45th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).

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


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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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