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2013 Report Cards
House Democrats / Writing Bipartisan Bills

These special year-end statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013), looking at Members who served at the end of that period. This page was last updated on Dec 1, 2014.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make a 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 legislating and make your own judgements based on what legislative 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.

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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.

House Democrats
highest % of bills
#1 83.3% Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#2 76.9% Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#3 64.3% Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#4 64.0% Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#5 63.6% Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#6 61.5% Rep. Timothy Bishop [D-NY1, 2003-2014]
#7 58.3% Rep. William Owens [D-NY21, 2013-2014]
#8 56.5% Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#9 53.3% Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#10 50.0% Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#10 50.0% Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#10 50.0% Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#10 50.0% Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#14 47.1% Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#15 44.0% Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#16 42.9% Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#17 42.1% Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#18 40.0% Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#18 40.0% Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#18 40.0% Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#18 40.0% Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#18 40.0% Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#23 38.5% Rep. James “Jim” Moran [D-VA8, 1991-2014]
#24 37.5% Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#25 36.8% Rep. Bruce Braley [D-IA1, 2007-2014]
#26 36.4% Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#27 35.7% Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#28 35.3% Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#29 35.0% Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#30 33.3% Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#31 31.6% Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#31 31.6% Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#31 31.6% Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#34 31.3% Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#35 30.8% Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#36 30.0% Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#37 27.8% Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#38 27.3% Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D-HI1, 2016-2018]
#38 27.3% Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#38 27.3% Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#38 27.3% Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#38 27.3% Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#43 26.7% Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#44 26.3% Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#44 26.3% Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#46 25.6% Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#47 25.0% Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#47 25.0% Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#47 25.0% Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#47 25.0% Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#47 25.0% Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0]
#47 25.0% Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#53 22.7% Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#54 22.2% Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#55 19.4% Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#56 18.8% Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#56 18.8% Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#58 16.7% Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#58 16.7% Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#58 16.7% Rep. Mike McIntyre [D-NC7, 1997-2014]
#58 16.7% Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#62 15.8% Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#63 12.5% Rep. Rush Holt [D-NJ12, 1999-2014]
#63 12.5% Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#65 12.0% Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#66 11.4% Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#67 10.5% Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#68 9.1% Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#69 8.3% Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#70 7.7% Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#70 7.7% Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#72 6.3% Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#73 0.0% Rep. Donna Christensen [D-VI0, 1997-2014]
#73 0.0% Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4, 2008-2016]
#73 0.0% Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]
#73 0.0% Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#73 0.0% Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#73 0.0% Rep. Melvin “Mel” Watt [D-NC12, 1993-2014]
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Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.