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Rep. Pete Aguilar’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 31st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Aguilar’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 Aguilar’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 3rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Aguilar introduced 5 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (4th percentile); House Democrats (1st percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Aguilar’s 5 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Aguilar caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (2nd percentile); House Democrats (1st percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to California Delegation (tied with 4 others)

Aguilar held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 Aguilar’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (84th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got the 6th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Aguilar’s bills and resolutions had 2 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 California Delegation (4th percentile); House Democrats (1st percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Aguilar’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. 1067: Santa Ana River Wash Plan …

Compare to all California Delegation (12th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Aguilar missed 0.9% of votes (9 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Aguilar’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); All Representatives (26th 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

Aguilar 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. 1067: Santa Ana River Wash Plan …

Compare to all California Delegation (27th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Aguilar introduced 1 bill in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1067: Santa Ana River Wash Plan …

Compare to all California Delegation (4th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Aguilar’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.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Aguilar cosponsored 426 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 (27th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 426 bills that Aguilar cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


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.