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Rep. Marcia Fudge’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Ohio's 11th District
Democrat
Serving Nov 19, 2008 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Fudge’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 Fudge’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 lowest % of bills compared to Ohio Delegation

Fudge tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 13% of Fudge’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Ohio 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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fudge’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (6th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Ohio Delegation

Fudge missed 5.1% of votes (61 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Fudge’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th 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 the 5th bottom/follower compared to Ohio Delegation

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 Fudge’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (25th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 48th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 292 bills that Fudge cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (73rd percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Fudge 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 Ohio Delegation (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

Fudge introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fudge introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Fudge’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.Res. 388: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 1933: Let’s Grow Act of 2013; H.Con.Res. 17: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (63rd 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. 2 of Fudge’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. 2160: Promoting Health as Youth Skills ...; H.R. 5001: Core Opportunity Resources for Equity ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (50th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Fudge 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 Fudge’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (50th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Fudge cosponsored 292 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 Ohio Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Fudge’s bills and resolutions had 230 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 Ohio Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (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 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.