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Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 11th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Sherrill’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Sherrill’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 2nd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Sherrill introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (45th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

2 of Sherrill’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 3038: Securing American Science and Technology ...; H.R. 4990: Election Technology Research Act of ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (25th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Sherrill cosponsored 379 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 New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 20th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Sherrill’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sherrill caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked 40th most politically right compared to House Democrats

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Sherrill’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (36th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Got the 50th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Sherrill’s bills and resolutions had 222 cosponsors in the 116th 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 New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (51st percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Ranked the 51st bottom/follower 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Sherrill’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 53rd most often compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 379 bills that Sherrill cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sherrill introduced 3 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2880: Armament Graduate School Act; H.R. 3038: Securing American Science and Technology ...; H.R. 4990: Election Technology Research Act of ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Was 73rd most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Sherrill missed 0.6% of votes (6 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Sherrill’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (34th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Laws Enacted

Sherrill introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 2880: Armament Graduate School Act; H.R. 3038: Securing American Science and Technology ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Sherrill’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. 438: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.Res. 1000: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 6954: SMART Act; H.R. 8591: Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and ...; H.J.Res. 72: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Sherrill 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 Sherrill’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.