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Rep. Louise Slaughter’s 2015 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 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 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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Slaughter cosponsored 345 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 (92nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Slaughter held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, 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 (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.Res. 149: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 151: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 1943: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Was 6th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats

Slaughter missed 4.3% of votes (30 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Slaughter’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); All Representatives (78th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 2 others)

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

Slaughter 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 New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Slaughter introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (26th percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Slaughter’s bills and resolutions had 261 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 New York Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 9 others)

2 of Slaughter’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. 1721: To reauthorize appropriations for the ...; H.R. 1943: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 14 others)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 1884: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Slaughter introduced 1 bill 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. 1884: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 345 bills that Slaughter cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (74th percentile); Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored 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 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.