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Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Grijalva’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Grijalva’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 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grijalva’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Arizona Delegation

Grijalva 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 Grijalva’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd lowest % of bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Grijalva tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 18% of Grijalva’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (31st percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Grijalva cosponsored 599 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 Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Grijalva missed 7.8% of votes (55 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Grijalva’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grijalva introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1541: Preservation Research at Institutions Serving ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

8 of Grijalva’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 214: Supporting efforts to ensure that ...; H.R. 963: Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation ...; H.R. 1814: To permanently reauthorize the Land ...; H.R. 2167: Public Lands Service Corps Act ...; H.R. 2811: Save Oak Flat Act; H.R. 3543: Justice is Not For Sale ...; H.R. 3556: National Park Service Centennial Act; H.R. 3967: Stop Social Security Garnishment for ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Grijalva supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Grijalva 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Grijalva cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grijalva’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 599 bills that Grijalva cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Grijalva’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. 214: Supporting efforts to ensure that ...; H.R. 1814: To permanently reauthorize the Land ...; H.R. 2105: Success in the Middle Act ...; H.R. 2442: Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act ...; H.R. 2811: Save Oak Flat Act; H.R. 3043: Tribal Tax Incentive for Renewable ...; H.R. 3543: Justice is Not For Sale ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Grijalva introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Grijalva’s bills and resolutions had 620 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Grijalva introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1075: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.