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Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s 2016 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 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 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.

 

Leadership Score

5th worst score among House Sophomores

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 Lujan Grisham’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
House Sophomores 5th worst score out of 73
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House Democrats 29th worst score out of 191
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All Representatives 53rd worst score out of 439
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

8th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 6 others

Lujan Grisham tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Lujan Grisham’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Sophomores 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Democrats 43rd fewest bills (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 100th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

9th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 7 others

1 of Lujan Grisham’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.R. 1974: HEAL for Immigrant Women and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Sophomores 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Democrats 28th fewest bills (tied w/ 17) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 61st fewest bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

13th most absent among House Sophomores

Lujan Grisham missed 4.6% of votes (61 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Lujan Grisham’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
House Sophomores 13th most absent out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 99th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Cosponsors

15th fewest cosponsors among House Sophomores; tied with 1 other

Lujan Grisham’s bills and resolutions had 93 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
House Sophomores 15th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 43rd fewest cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 99th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

72nd most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 375 bills that Lujan Grisham cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
House Sophomores 21st most bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Democrats 67th most bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 72nd most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

98th most bills among All Representatives

Lujan Grisham cosponsored 375 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Sophomores 22nd most bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Democrats 86th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 98th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

97th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 48 others

GovTrack looked at whether Lujan Grisham supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lujan Grisham 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
House Sophomores 20th most supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 69th least supportive (tied w/ 41) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 97th most supportive (tied w/ 48) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

131st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 21 others

Lujan Grisham introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Sophomores 24th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Democrats 61st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 131st most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

124th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 57 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1880: Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer ...; H.R. 2310: HOME Act; H.R. 3502: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Sophomores 25th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 62nd most bills (tied w/ 26) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

116th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 100 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lujan Grisham introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1880: Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Sophomores 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Democrats 51st most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Lujan Grisham 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. 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 Lujan Grisham’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
House Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Lujan Grisham introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1880: Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Sophomores 10th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
5 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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.