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Rep. Madeleine Dean’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Dean’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Dean’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Of the 554 bills that Dean cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (14th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 3rd most politically left compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Dean’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (14th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Dean missed 0.6% of votes (6 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Dean’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (34th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

7 of Dean’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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.Res. 912: Expressing support for the designation …; H.R. 2600: Toxic PFAS Control Act; H.R. 6316: Emergency Relief for Student Borrowers …; H.R. 6899: Know Your Housing Rights Act …; H.R. 6934: Uniform Treatment of NRSROs Act; H.R. 8335: Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement …; H.R. 8366: Protecting Homeowners in Bankruptcy Act …

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 10th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Dean introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4300: Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act …; H.R. 4545: Private Loan Disability Discharge Act …; H.R. 4712: Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity …; H.R. 5003: Fair Debt Collection Practices for …; H.R. 6934: Uniform Treatment of NRSROs Act; H.R. 7866: PFAS Free Foam Research and …; H.R. 8366: Protecting Homeowners in Bankruptcy Act …

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Freshmen (86th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Dean introduced 31 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 20th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Dean cosponsored 554 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 36th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Dean’s bills and resolutions had 170 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (42nd percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Ranked the 40th bottom/follower 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Dean’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); House Freshmen (46th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 56th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Dean’s 31 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Dean caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Laws Enacted

Dean introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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. 7866: PFAS Free Foam Research and …

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Dean’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. 2950: Know Conflicts Act of 2019; H.R. 3989: Improving Justice Programs through Science …; H.R. 6900: Emergency GRACE Act; H.R. 7627: MORE Savings Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Dean 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 Dean’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.