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Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 13th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Tlaib’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her 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 Tlaib’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 politically left compared to Michigan Delegation

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 Tlaib’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (2nd percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Michigan Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Tlaib’s 27 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Tlaib caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (9th percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Michigan Delegation

Of the 664 bills that Tlaib cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (4th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Tlaib cosponsored 664 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 Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Ranked the 61st bottom/follower 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Tlaib’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Freshmen (62nd percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Was 100th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Tlaib missed 0.8% of votes (8 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Tlaib’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); House Freshmen (45th percentile); All Representatives (23rd 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

Tlaib 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. 5214: Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act …

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Freshmen (41st 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

Tlaib introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tlaib introduced 4 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3622: Restoring Unfairly Impaired Credit and …; H.R. 5214: Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act …; H.R. 5330: Consumer Protection for Medical Debt …; H.R. 7572: For the relief of Median …

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (62nd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Tlaib’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. 2510: American Cars, American Jobs Act …; H.R. 5984: COAT Act; H.R. 6552: Emergency Water is a Human …; H.R. 7717: Uplifting Our Local Communities Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Tlaib’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. 948: Expressing support for the recognition …; H.R. 1675: Petroleum Coke Transparency and Public …; H.R. 2510: American Cars, American Jobs Act …; H.R. 7498: Uplifting Our Local Communities Act; H.R. 7717: Uplifting Our Local Communities Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Tlaib 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 Tlaib’s Profile »

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


 

Cosponsors

Tlaib’s bills and resolutions had 284 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 Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Freshmen (67th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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.