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Rep. Louise Slaughter’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Slaughter’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 most bills compared to New York Delegation

Slaughter cosponsored 399 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to New York Delegation (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); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Slaughter tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Slaughter’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Slaughter introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Was 13th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Slaughter missed 13.1% of votes (93 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Slaughter’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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 29th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Slaughter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Slaughter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (51st 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 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. 1960: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...; H.R. 3828: Patsy T. Mink Gender Equity ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 399 bills that Slaughter cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Slaughter’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Slaughter introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Slaughter introduced 0 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Slaughter’s bills and resolutions had 257 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Slaughter supported any of 21 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. 2678: ETHICS Act of 2017; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.