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Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New Mexico's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Lujan Grisham’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Lujan Grisham’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 10th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

Lujan Grisham introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th most liberal compared to House Freshmen

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lujan Grisham’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (21st percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 44th lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lujan Grisham tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 18% of Lujan Grisham’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Freshmen (17th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 63rd bottom follower 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lujan Grisham’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (23rd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (14th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 105th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 244 bills that Lujan Grisham cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Democrats (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Got the 108th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lujan Grisham’s bills and resolutions had 95 cosponsors in the 113th 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 House Freshmen (36th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lujan Grisham introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3605: Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment ...; H.R. 3998: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Federal Land ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Lujan Grisham’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 3782: Native American Seeds Protection Act ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (20th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Lujan Grisham 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 Lujan Grisham’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Lujan Grisham cosponsored 244 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 House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Lujan Grisham’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.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Lujan Grisham introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lujan Grisham supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lujan Grisham 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lujan Grisham missed 2.9% of votes (35 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Lujan Grisham’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (58th 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.


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 113th Congress) 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.