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Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Jayapal’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 Jayapal’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 most liberal compared to House Freshmen

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 Jayapal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jayapal introduced 1 bill in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 446: Of inquiry requesting the President ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Jayapal’s bills and resolutions had 466 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 Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Jayapal’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. 1006: To clarify the rights of ...; H.R. 1880: College for All Act of ...; H.R. 5820: DONE Act; H.R. 6387: SASCA

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 655 bills that Jayapal cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 6 others)

5 of Jayapal’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.Res. 446: Of inquiry requesting the President ...; H.R. 1006: To clarify the rights of ...; H.R. 1880: College for All Act of ...; H.R. 6097: State-Based Universal Health Care Act ...; H.Con.Res. 77: Condemning fear-mongering, racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 Jayapal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (30th percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 20th most bills compared to All Representatives

Jayapal cosponsored 655 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 Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 37th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Jayapal’s 18 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Jayapal caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Jayapal introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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

Jayapal introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Jayapal held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Jayapal’s Profile »

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


 

Missed Votes

Jayapal missed 1.9% of votes (23 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Jayapal’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Jayapal supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jayapal 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Jayapal cosponsored H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.