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Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 17th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Honda’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Honda’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 2nd lowest % of bills compared to California Delegation

Honda tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 13% of Honda’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (5th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 9th 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Honda’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 13th most bills compared to All Representatives

Honda cosponsored 377 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 20th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 377 bills that Honda cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 19th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Honda introduced 24 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 15th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Honda supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Honda 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Honda cosponsored H.R. 1380: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.R. 2061: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Was 26th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Honda missed 9.2% of votes (59 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Honda’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th 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.


 

Got the 32nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Honda’s bills and resolutions had 264 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Honda introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. 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); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or 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. Honda introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Honda’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 717: Reuniting Families Act

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Honda’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. 341: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) ...; H.R. 2172: Educator Preparation Reform Act; H.R. 2173: Effective Teaching and Leading Act; H.R. 3372: Pay Our Bills Act

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Honda 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 Honda’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Honda’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (61st 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 2013) 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.

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