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Rep. Mark DeSaulnier’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from California's 11th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover DeSaulnier’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him 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 DeSaulnier’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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to House Freshmen

DeSaulnier cosponsored 293 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 (74th percentile); House Freshmen (97th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether DeSaulnier supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave DeSaulnier 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

DeSaulnier cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 40th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

DeSaulnier’s bills and resolutions had 50 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 (23rd percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 39th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 14 others)

DeSaulnier introduced 6 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 46th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 293 bills that DeSaulnier cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (70th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 41st least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

1 of DeSaulnier’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. 2824: Offshore Oil and Gas Worker ...

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (31st percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Was 111th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

DeSaulnier missed 0.9% of votes (6 of 704 votes) in 2015. View DeSaulnier’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (25th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

DeSaulnier introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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); House Freshmen (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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. DeSaulnier introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1289: John Muir National Historic Site ...

Compare to all California Delegation (57th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 DeSaulnier’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 California Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (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

DeSaulnier 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 DeSaulnier’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (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 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.