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Rep. Raul Ruiz’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 207 bills that Ruiz cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 22nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Ruiz introduced 34 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

9 of Ruiz’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1210: Heroes Lesley Zerebny and Gilbert ...; H.R. 2279: Safe Step Act; H.R. 2281: Easy MAT for Opioid Addiction ...; H.R. 2815: Training the Next Generation of ...; H.R. 3239: Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in ...; H.R. 3502: Protecting People From Surprise Medical ...; H.R. 4495: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 4534: Native Health and Wellness Act ...; H.Con.Res. 17: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 26th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Ruiz cosponsored 207 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 (15th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 1210: Heroes Lesley Zerebny and Gilbert ...; H.R. 1381: Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act; H.R. 2282: Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act ...; H.R. 2477: BENES Act of 2019; H.R. 3923: Environmental Justice Act of 2019; H.R. 4930: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 48th 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Ruiz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got the 53rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Ruiz’s bills and resolutions had 570 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (71st percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 49th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 10 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Ruiz’s 34 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Ruiz caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Ruiz introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 1839: Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability ...

Compare to all California Delegation (54th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ruiz introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1381: Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act; H.R. 1839: Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability ...; H.R. 3239: Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in ...

Compare to all California Delegation (48th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th 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 (27th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Ruiz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (69th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Ruiz missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Ruiz’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


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 2019) 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.