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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 40th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Roybal-Allard’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 Roybal-Allard’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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to California Delegation

Roybal-Allard tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 17% of Roybal-Allard’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (10th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 165 bills that Roybal-Allard cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 42nd 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 Roybal-Allard’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ranked 53rd 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Roybal-Allard’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Roybal-Allard introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Roybal-Allard introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Roybal-Allard’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. 1281: Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization ...

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Roybal-Allard’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. 124: Supporting the goals and ideals ...

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Roybal-Allard 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 Roybal-Allard’s Profile »

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Roybal-Allard cosponsored 165 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 (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Roybal-Allard’s bills and resolutions had 197 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 California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Roybal-Allard missed 2.4% of votes (15 of 634 votes) in 2013. View Roybal-Allard’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 Roybal-Allard supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Roybal-Allard 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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