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Rep. Madeleine Bordallo’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Guam's At-Large District
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Bordallo’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Bordallo’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 their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bordallo introduced 4 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 69: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing …; H.R. 1080: To amend the Sikes Act …; H.R. 4309: To amend the Sikes Act …; H.R. 4402: Guam Military Training and Readiness …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked the 58th bottom/follower compared to All Representatives

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bordallo’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Ranked 78th most politically left 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bordallo’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 87th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Bordallo cosponsored 340 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 Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got the 97th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Bordallo’s bills and resolutions had 90 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. 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 Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bordallo introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

Bordallo introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Bordallo’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress 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. 44: Guam World War II Loyalty …; H.R. 69: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing …; H.R. 71: Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Bordallo’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.

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

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


 

Committee Positions

Bordallo 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 Bordallo’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 340 bills that Bordallo cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bordallo supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bordallo 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


Additional Notes

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 the 113th Congress) 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.