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Rep. Maxine Waters’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 43rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Waters’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 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.

 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to California Delegation (tied with 4 others)

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 »

Compare to all California Delegation (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Waters introduced 15 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 77: Expressing the sense of Congress …; H.Res. 206: Acknowledging that the lack of …; H.Res. 694: Recognizing the importance of the …; H.R. 624: Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate …; H.R. 1500: Consumers First Act; H.R. 1856: Ending Homelessness Act of 2019; H.R. 2578: National Flood Insurance Program Extension …; H.R. 3167: National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization …; H.R. 4328: Protecting Innocent Consumers Affected by …; H.R. 4634: Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization …; H.R. 4863: United States Export Finance Agency …; H.R. 5187: Housing is Infrastructure Act of …; H.R. 7301: Emergency Housing Protections and Relief …; H.Con.Res. 45: Directing the Clerk of the …; H.J.Res. 90: Providing for congressional disapproval under …

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 18th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 351 bills that Waters cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 25th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 9 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Waters’s 38 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Waters caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 35th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Waters cosponsored 351 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 (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Ranked 49th most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Waters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 46th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

10 of Waters’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. 694: Recognizing the importance of the …; H.Res. 1059: Supporting the goals and ideals …; H.R. 624: Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate …; H.R. 2292: ACA OUTREACH Act; H.R. 2578: National Flood Insurance Program Extension …; H.R. 2686: Border Property Protection Act; H.R. 3113: To require the United States …; H.R. 3407: United States Export Finance Agency …; H.R. 4550: Minority Diabetes Initiative Act; H.R. 4634: Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization …

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 51st most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Waters’s bills and resolutions had 865 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 California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked the 63rd top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Waters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 63rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Waters introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Waters 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. 4634: Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization …

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th 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. 5 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.Res. 504: Supporting the goals and ideals …; H.Res. 1059: Supporting the goals and ideals …; H.R. 1430: Court Legal Access and Student …; H.R. 2578: National Flood Insurance Program Extension …; H.R. 3113: To require the United States …

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Waters missed 1.9% of votes (18 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Waters’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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.


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.