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Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Grijalva’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him 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 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.

 

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 (78th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Arizona Delegation

Of the 1123 bills that Grijalva cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).

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


 

Ranked most politically left compared to Arizona 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 Grijalva’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Representatives

21 of Grijalva’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.Res. 641: Acknowledging that the decisions rendered …; H.Res. 701: Expressing support for policies that …; H.R. 665: Save Oak Flat Act; H.R. 1080: Fairness for Farm Workers Act; H.R. 1191: Native American Suicide Prevention Act …; H.R. 1373: Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act; H.R. 1904: Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension …; H.R. 2030: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan …; H.R. 2245: CECIL Act; H.R. 2414: To amend the Morris K. …; H.R. 2532: Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear …; H.R. 2549: AI/AN CAPTA; H.R. 2579: Materials Act of 1947; H.R. 2918: Extinction Prevention Act of 2019; H.R. 3405: Uranium Classification Act of 2019; H.R. 3509: LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act; H.R. 4348: PAW and FIN Conservation Act …; H.R. 5186: Stop Giving Big Oil Free …; H.R. 5435: American Public Lands and Waters …; H.R. 5986: Environmental Justice For All Act; H.R. 8632: Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act of …

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to All Representatives

Grijalva cosponsored 1,123 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 (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grijalva introduced 11 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1373: Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act; H.R. 1904: Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension …; H.R. 2030: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan …; H.R. 2245: CECIL Act; H.R. 2414: To amend the Morris K. …; H.R. 2579: Materials Act of 1947; H.R. 3405: Uranium Classification Act of 2019; H.R. 4348: PAW and FIN Conservation Act …; H.R. 7098: Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion …; H.R. 7099: To provide for the conveyance …; H.Con.Res. 21: Directing the Secretary of the …

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 26th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Grijalva’s bills and resolutions had 1,188 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 Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked the 37th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Grijalva’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 50th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Grijalva introduced 41 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Was 57th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Grijalva missed 7.0% of votes (67 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Grijalva’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Representatives (87th 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

Grijalva introduced 2 bills 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. 2030: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan …; H.R. 2414: To amend the Morris K. …

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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.R. 1080: Fairness for Farm Workers Act; H.R. 1191: Native American Suicide Prevention Act …; H.R. 1904: Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension …; H.R. 2991: Protection of Social Security Benefits …; H.R. 3089: Success in the Middle Act …; H.R. 3204: Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Grijalva’s 41 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Grijalva caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


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.