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Rep. Maxine Waters’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 43rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Waters’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to California Delegation

Waters introduced 45 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Waters’s 45 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Waters caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 288 bills that Waters cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

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


 

Got the 25th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Waters’s bills and resolutions had 826 cosponsors in the 115th 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 California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 27th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Waters cosponsored 288 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 (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Ranked the 28th top leader 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Waters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Ranked 40th most liberal 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Waters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Waters introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Waters introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 442: Of inquiry directing the Secretary ...; H.R. 6320: Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate ...

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Waters’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1641: To amend the Small Business ...; H.R. 1882: Stop AIDS in Prison Act ...; H.R. 2973: To provide for the issuance ...; H.Con.Res. 132: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Democrats (48th 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. 1 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. 2301: Court Legal Access and Student ...

Compare to all California Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

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. View Waters’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Waters missed 4.5% of votes (54 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Waters’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Representatives (69th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Waters supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Waters 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Waters cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.