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Rep. Peter DeFazio’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Oregon's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 1987 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover DeFazio’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. DeFazio introduced 15 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 367: Pay Our Coast Guard Parity ...; H.R. 876: Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act ...; H.R. 993: Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Special ...; H.R. 994: Chetco River Protection Act of ...; H.R. 1056: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; H.R. 1108: Aviation Funding Stability Act of ...; H.R. 1497: Water Quality Protection and Job ...; H.R. 2197: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2440: Full Utilization of the Harbor ...; H.R. 3409: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; H.R. 3632: Fair and Open Skies Act; H.R. 5047: GSA Lease Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 5119: Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act; H.R. 5120: SAFER Pipelines Act of 2019; H.R. 5139: Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

DeFazio introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 993: Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Special ...; H.R. 994: Chetco River Protection Act of ...; H.R. 1056: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; H.R. 2197: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

13 of DeFazio’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 367: Pay Our Coast Guard Parity ...; H.R. 1108: Aviation Funding Stability Act of ...; H.R. 1171: FASTER Act; H.R. 1497: Water Quality Protection and Job ...; H.R. 2197: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2382: USPS Fairness Act; H.R. 2440: Full Utilization of the Harbor ...; H.R. 3409: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; H.R. 3632: Fair and Open Skies Act; H.R. 5047: GSA Lease Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 5120: SAFER Pipelines Act of 2019; H.R. 5139: Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment ...; H.J.Res. 66: War Powers Amendments of 2019

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from DeFazio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

DeFazio’s bills and resolutions had 1,282 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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.Res. 402: Recognizing the significant milestone of ...; H.R. 1056: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; H.R. 1108: Aviation Funding Stability Act of ...; H.R. 1171: FASTER Act; H.R. 1418: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act ...; H.R. 1516: Wall Street Tax Act of ...; H.R. 2382: USPS Fairness Act; H.R. 2396: Full Utilization of the Harbor ...; H.R. 2440: Full Utilization of the Harbor ...; H.R. 2983: United States Employee Ownership Bank ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 18th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

DeFazio introduced 36 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 27th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of DeFazio’s 36 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party DeFazio caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 38th most bills compared to All Representatives

DeFazio cosponsored 474 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 Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

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 (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 474 bills that DeFazio cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (27th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from DeFazio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

DeFazio missed 3.1% of votes (22 of 701 votes) in 2019. View DeFazio’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); All Representatives (70th 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.


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 2019) 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.