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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.

 

Ideology Score

the most liberal among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Arizona Delegation the most liberal out of 9
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Serving 10+ Years the most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats the most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives the most liberal out of 439
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Committee Positions

the highest score among 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Arizona Delegation the highest score out of 9 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest score (tied w/ 39) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 4th highest score (tied w/ 17) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 12th highest score (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

2nd most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation the most bills out of 9 249
878 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 2nd most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 2nd most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

4th most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Arizona Delegation 2nd most cosponsors out of 9 41
1,079 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 4th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 5th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 11th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

4th fewest bills among Arizona Delegation

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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 9 1
21 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 51st most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 49th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

5th least bipartisan among House Democrats

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Arizona Delegation 5th least bipartisan out of 9 5
59% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 61st least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 5th least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 182nd least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

4th fewest bills among Arizona Delegation; tied with 2 others

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

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 59th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 18th most bills (tied w/ 32) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bills (tied w/ 86) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

5th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation the most bills out of 9 0
16 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

14th best score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Arizona Delegation 5th worst score out of 9
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Serving 10+ Years 39th best score out of 185
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House Democrats 14th best score out of 191
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All Representatives 79th best score out of 439
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Bills Introduced

14th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 10
61 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 9th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

18th most absent among All Representatives

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Arizona Delegation 2nd most absent out of 9 0
10% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most absent out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 18th most absent out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

31st most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 16th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 31st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

67th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 29 others

GovTrack looked at whether Grijalva supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Arizona Delegation 3rd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 9 1
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 34th most supportive (tied w/ 14) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 58th most supportive (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 67th most supportive (tied w/ 29) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 9 0
3 View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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.