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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard’s 2015 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 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 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 the 29th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Roybal-Allard’s bills and resolutions had 338 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 California Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Roybal-Allard 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. 861: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Roybal-Allard introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roybal-Allard introduced 0 bills in 2015 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

2 of Roybal-Allard’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. 861: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...; H.R. 3841: Security and Financial Empowerment Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th 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.R. 861: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 1 subcommittee, 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 (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Roybal-Allard cosponsored 195 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 (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 195 bills that Roybal-Allard cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Roybal-Allard missed 2.0% of votes (14 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Roybal-Allard’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Roybal-Allard 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Roybal-Allard cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st 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.