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Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Grijalva’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grijalva’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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 (74th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Grijalva cosponsored 878 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); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Grijalva’s bills and resolutions had 1,032 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 878 bills that Grijalva cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 5th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

16 of Grijalva’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 214: Supporting efforts to ensure that ...; H.Res. 575: Expressing disapproval of the occupation ...; H.Res. 708: Expressing the sense of the ...; 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. 3526: CECIL Act; H.R. 3543: Justice is Not For Sale ...; H.R. 3556: National Park Service Centennial Act; H.R. 3882: Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National ...; H.R. 3967: Stop Social Security Garnishment for ...; H.R. 4109: Protecting Financial Aid for Students ...; H.R. 4323: Abandoned Mine Reclamation Safety Act; H.R. 5373: LGBT Data Inclusion Act; H.R. 5695: Veterans Visa and Protection Act ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grijalva’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 14th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Grijalva introduced 42 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 18th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Grijalva missed 10.2% of votes (135 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Grijalva’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th 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 bicameral support on the 31st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 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 (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 67th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Grijalva supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Grijalva 4 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; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grijalva introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1541: PRISM Act; H.R. 2009: Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Grijalva introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1075: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Grijalva tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7 of Grijalva’s 42 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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 114th Congress) 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.