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Rep. Mike Thompson’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Thompson’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 Thompson’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 148 bills that Thompson cosponsored, 45% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Thompson 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 Introduced

Thompson introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thompson 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

2 of Thompson’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. 1025: Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation ...; H.R. 3103: Intelligence Oversight and Accountability Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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 Thompson’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 California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Committee Positions

Thompson 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 Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Thompson cosponsored 148 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 (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Thompson’s bills and resolutions had 163 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 (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Thompson missed 2.0% of votes (13 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (50th 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

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).


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.