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Rep. Maxine Waters’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 43rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Waters’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Waters’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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

13th least bipartisan among House Democrats

Of the 225 bills that Waters cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 11th least bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 75th least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 13th least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 207th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the Senate

11th most bills among California Delegation; tied with 9 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Waters’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. 2079: Court Legal Access and Student ...; H.R. 2642: Community Lender Regulatory Relief and ...; H.R. 3992: Students Before Profits Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 62nd most bills (tied w/ 26) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

22nd fewest bills among California Delegation; tied with 5 others

Waters tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5 of Waters’s 33 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 22nd fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 85th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 88th fewest bills (tied w/ 13) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 190th fewest bills (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

27th fewest bills among House Democrats

Waters cosponsored 225 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 15th fewest bills out of 52 14
801 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 64th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 27th fewest bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 144th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

28th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Waters’s bills and resolutions had 783 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
California Delegation 5th most cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 19th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 12th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 28th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

31st best score among 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Waters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
California Delegation 10th best score out of 52
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Serving 10+ Years 59th best score out of 185
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House Democrats 31st best score out of 191
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All Representatives 125th best score out of 439
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Bills Introduced

34th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 3 others

Waters introduced 33 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 52 3
53 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most bills out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 17th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 34th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

38th most absent among All Representatives

Waters missed 7.6% of votes (100 of 1,311 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Waters’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 8th most absent out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most absent out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 38th most absent out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Ideology Score

67th most liberal among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Waters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
California Delegation 20th most liberal out of 52
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Serving 10+ Years 41st most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats 67th most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 67th most liberal out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

127th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 50 others

4 of Waters’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 768: Stop AIDS in Prison Act ...; H.R. 2079: Court Legal Access and Student ...; H.R. 3091: Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert ...; H.R. 4339: Improving Small Business Advocacy Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 17th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 52 0
19 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 64th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 60th most bills (tied w/ 24) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 127th most bills (tied w/ 50) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Waters introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation fewest bills along with 16 others out of 52 0
13 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 55 others out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 81 others out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Waters held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Waters’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
California Delegation the highest score (tied w/ 4) out of 52 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest score (tied w/ 39) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 4th highest score (tied w/ 17) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 12th highest score (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Waters supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Waters 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation the least supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 52 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 58 others out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats the least supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Waters introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 3827: Project-Based Voucher Improvement Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 7th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 52 0
5 View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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 114th Congress) 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.