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Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Honda’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him 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 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 bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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.Res. 228: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.Res. 471: Recognizing Filipino American History Month ...; H.Res. 519: Supporting the ideals and goals ...; H.Res. 670: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.Res. 907: Recognizing Filipino American History Month ...; H.Res. 910: Supporting the ideals and goals ...; H.R. 717: All Students Count Act of ...; H.R. 794: STEM Master Teacher Corps Act ...; H.R. 1751: BEST Act; H.R. 4471: Educator Preparation Reform Act; H.R. 6255: Norman Yoshio Mineta Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 6322: Norman Yoshio Mineta Congressional Gold ...; H.Con.Res. 145: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 4th 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 114th Congress 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 (2nd percentile); House Democrats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to All Representatives

Honda cosponsored 801 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 (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to All Representatives

Honda introduced 53 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Honda’s 53 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got the 15th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Honda’s bills and resolutions had 950 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 »

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

12 of Honda’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.Res. 519: Supporting the ideals and goals ...; H.Res. 664: Recognizing the 100th anniversary of ...; H.R. 376: Home-Assembled Firearms Restriction Act of ...; H.R. 377: Homemade Firearms Accountability Act of ...; H.R. 500: Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment ...; H.R. 717: All Students Count Act of ...; H.R. 3351: CPI-E Act of 2015; H.R. 3631: Freedom of Faith Act of ...; H.R. 4013: Equity and Excellence in American ...; H.R. 4471: Educator Preparation Reform Act; H.R. 4798: Reuniting Families Act; H.R. 4835: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) ...

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 18th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 801 bills that Honda cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 19th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Honda’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Honda supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Honda 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Honda cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2143: EMPOWER Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.R. 5876: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Honda held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Honda missed 1.7% of votes (23 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Honda’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Representatives (41st 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

Honda introduced 0 bills 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.

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. Honda introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 500: Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment ...

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th 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 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.