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Rep. Paul Tonko’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from New York's 20th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Tonko’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Tonko’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 4th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Tonko introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Tonko’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Tonko caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Was 21st most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Tonko missed 0.8% of votes (10 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Tonko’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 23rd most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tonko introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 788: Expressing the profound sorrow of ...; H.R. 3994: ACCESS BROADBAND Act; H.R. 4005: Medicaid Reentry Act; H.R. 6870: To rename the Stop Trading ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Ranked 61st 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Tonko’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 71st most bills compared to All Representatives

Tonko cosponsored 468 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 York Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 72nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

6 of Tonko’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1071: Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act ...; H.R. 1358: Scientific Integrity Act; H.R. 1877: To establish a research, development, ...; H.R. 3692: Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act ...; H.R. 3994: ACCESS BROADBAND Act; H.R. 4005: Medicaid Reentry Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Tonko introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 4005: Medicaid Reentry Act; H.R. 6870: To rename the Stop Trading ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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. 0 of Tonko’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 New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Tonko 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 Tonko’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 468 bills that Tonko cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Tonko’s bills and resolutions had 283 cosponsors in the 115th 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 York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (51st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Tonko’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Tonko supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Tonko 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Tonko cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.R. 5143: Searchable Legislation Act of 2018

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.