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Rep. Paul Tonko’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from New York's 20th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Tonko’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him 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 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.

 

Ranked the 13th top leader 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Tonko’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Tonko’s bills and resolutions had 1,433 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 York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 19th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 26 of Tonko’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Tonko caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Was 20th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

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

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 55th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tonko introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 583: Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through ...; H.R. 1049: National Heritage Area Act of ...; H.R. 1328: ACCESS BROADBAND Act; H.R. 1709: Scientific Integrity Act; H.R. 1754: Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act ...; H.R. 2041: Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy ...; H.R. 3609: Wind Energy Research and Development ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 62nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

8 of Tonko’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. 1049: National Heritage Area Act of ...; H.R. 1709: Scientific Integrity Act; H.R. 1754: Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act ...; H.R. 1873: Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s; H.R. 2041: Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy ...; H.R. 2482: Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of ...; H.R. 4708: SAFE Limos Act; H.R. 4709: Take Unsafe Limos Off the ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 75th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Tonko cosponsored 604 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 (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Tonko introduced 1 bill 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. 583: Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Tonko introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 583: Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through ...; H.R. 1873: Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s; H.R. 4708: SAFE Limos Act; H.R. 5263: Stopping Grinch Bots Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 604 bills that Tonko cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 Tonko’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (28th 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.