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Rep. Raul Ruiz’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from California's 36th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Ruiz’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 Ruiz’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.

 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats

Ruiz missed 7.5% of votes (53 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Ruiz’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (96th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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 7th most bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 7 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Ruiz’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. 387: Economic Development Through Tribal Land ...; H.R. 2691: Veterans’ Survivors Claims Processing Automation ...; H.R. 4150: Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency ...

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 45% of Ruiz’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (35th percentile); California Delegation (69th percentile); House Sophomores (64th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 19th bottom/follower compared to House Sophomores

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 Ruiz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (38th percentile); House Sophomores (25th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Ranked 31st most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 Ruiz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (64th percentile); Competitive House Seats (16th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 42nd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Ruiz cosponsored 160 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 California Delegation (34th percentile); Competitive House Seats (40th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 50th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 160 bills that Ruiz cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Competitive House Seats (76th percentile); House Sophomores (81st percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Ruiz introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Ruiz introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.R. 387: Economic Development Through Tribal Land ...

Compare to all California Delegation (57th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Ruiz’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.R. 388: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act; H.R. 732: Veterans Access to Speedy Review ...

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Ruiz held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Ruiz’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (34th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Sophomores (64th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Ruiz’s bills and resolutions had 116 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 California Delegation (45th percentile); Competitive House Seats (51st percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Ruiz supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ruiz 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 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.