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Rep. Peter DeFazio’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Oregon's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 1987 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover DeFazio’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 DeFazio’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.

 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

DeFazio cosponsored 381 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

DeFazio tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 19% of DeFazio’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of DeFazio’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. 880: Wall Street Trading and Speculators ...; H.R. 1699: Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act; H.R. 2100: Federal Reserve Independence Act; H.R. 4694: To amend the Claims Resolution ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 29th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 381 bills that DeFazio cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 36th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

DeFazio’s bills and resolutions had 414 cosponsors in the 113th 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Ranked the 46th top leader 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from DeFazio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Introduced the 48th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

DeFazio introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 71st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

5 of DeFazio’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 630: Postal Service Protection Act of ...; H.R. 2151: To amend title 38, United ...; H.R. 3176: To reauthorize the Reclamation States ...; H.R. 4546: Department of the Interior Tribal ...; H.R. 4694: To amend the Claims Resolution ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Ranked 94th 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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from DeFazio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

DeFazio introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. DeFazio introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

DeFazio missed 2.7% of votes (32 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View DeFazio’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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.


 

Committee Positions

DeFazio 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. View DeFazio’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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 113th Congress) 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.