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Bills Out of Committee
The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2013 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration. Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action.
|#1||12||Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]|
|#2||11||Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]|
|#1||15||Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]|
|#2||12||Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]|
A score, giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position, for each legislator.
|#1||10||Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]|
|#1||10||Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014]|
|#1||16||Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]|
|#2||11||Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA]|
|#2||11||Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]|
|#2||11||Sen. Max Baucus [D-MT, 1978-2014]|
GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of 20 government transparency bills that we identified in 2013. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.
|#1||9||Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]|
|#1||9||Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]|
|#1||8||Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]|
|#2||7||Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]|
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. The score can be interpreted as a conservative—progressive scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.
|#1||1.00||Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R-GA3]|
|#2||0.90||Rep. Jeff Duncan [R-SC3]|
|#438||0.02||Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]|
|#439||0.00||Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]|
|#1||1.00||Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]|
|#2||0.97||Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]|
|#99||0.01||Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]|
|#100||0.00||Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]|
For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.
Joining Bipartisan Bills
In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the percent of bills cosponsored by each legislator which were introduced by a member of the other party.
|#1||73.1%||Rep. Jim Matheson [D-UT4, 2013-2014]|
|#2||69.1%||Rep. John Barrow [D-GA12, 2005-2014]|
|#434||1.3%||Rep. Jeff Duncan [R-SC3]|
|#435||1.2%||Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]|
|#1||72.9%||Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]|
|#2||69.2%||Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]|
|#96||9.9%||Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]|
|#97||9.7%||Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN]|
Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.
The number of bills each legislator introduced that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.
|#1||3||Del. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]|
|#1||3||Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO6]|
|#1||3||Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]|
|#1||2||Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]|
|#1||2||Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]|
We only count enacted 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 companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.
Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.
|#1||1.00||Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1]|
|#2||0.96||Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]|
|#438||0.00||Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]|
|#439||0.00||Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5]|
|#1||1.00||Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]|
|#2||0.89||Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV]|
|#99||0.01||Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]|
|#100||0.00||Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]|
For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2013 is considered, the leadership scores here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.
The percentage of votes each legislator missed in 2013.
|#1||72.4%||Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D-NY4, 1997-2014]|
|#2||49.5%||Rep. John Campbell [R-CA45, 2013-2014]|
|#1||14.1%||Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]|
|#2||11.0%||Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL]|
The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic (see the notes at the very bottom of the page for why), 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.
The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2013 that 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.
|#1||14||Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]|
|#2||12||Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]|
|#1||10||Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]|
|#1||10||Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]|
|#1||10||Sen. Max Baucus [D-MT, 1978-2014]|
Working with the Other Chamber
The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing
|#1||8||Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]|
|#2||7||Rep. Michael Grimm [R-NY11, 2013-2014]|
|#2||7||Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2]|
|#2||7||Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6]|
|#1||23||Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]|
|#2||16||Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]|
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 encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the percent of bills introduced by each legislator in 2013 which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.
|#1||87.5%||Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]|
|#2||83.3%||Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]|
|#1||60.7%||Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]|
|#2||60.0%||Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]|
|#75||5.9%||Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]|
|#76||4.5%||Sen. David Vitter [R-LA]|
Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.
The statistics on this page were last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.
Legislative Year: “2013” refers to the legislative year that began on Jan 3, 2013 and ended on Dec 26, 2013. We only compare each legislator to other Members of Congress serving in the same chamber on Dec 26, 2013.
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.
Safe vs Competitive: Safe and competitive House seats are as listed in the Cook Political Report as of December 18, 2013.
Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores refer to Members of Congress that did not serve in the previous Congress or that served no earlier than the previous Congress, respectively, and in the same chamber as they were at the end of 2013.
Joint Resolutions: When counting laws, we also include joint resolutions that are enacted.
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.
Bipartisan Bills: When computing statistics for Writing Bipartisan Bills, we included only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills. Similarly for Joining Bipartisan Bills, we included Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills.
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.
Transparency Bills: We identified 20 bills (12 House bills and 8 Senate bills) that improve access to government records and are on subjects that we believe are non-partisan.