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2013 Report Cards
House Democrats / Ideology Score

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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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. The score can be interpreted as a conservative—liberal scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.

House Democrats
most conservative
#1 0.62 Rep. Jim Matheson [D-UT4, 2013-2014]
#2 0.59 Rep. Mike McIntyre [D-NC7, 1997-2014]
#3 0.57 Rep. John Barrow [D-GA12, 2005-2014]
#4 0.54 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#5 0.53 Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV3, 1993-2014]
#6 0.51 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#7 0.50 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#8 0.49 Rep. Pete Gallego [D-TX23, 2013-2014]
#9 0.49 Rep. William Owens [D-NY21, 2013-2014]
#10 0.48 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#11 0.48 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#12 0.47 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#13 0.46 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#14 0.46 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#15 0.44 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#16 0.44 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#17 0.43 Rep. Ron Barber [D-AZ2, 2013-2014]
#18 0.43 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#19 0.43 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#20 0.43 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#21 0.43 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#22 0.42 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#23 0.42 Rep. Joe Garcia [D-FL26, 2013-2014]
#24 0.42 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#25 0.42 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#26 0.41 Rep. John Carney [D-DE0, 2011-2016]
#27 0.40 Rep. Daniel Maffei [D-NY24, 2013-2014]
#28 0.40 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#29 0.40 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#30 0.40 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ2]
#31 0.40 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#32 0.40 Rep. Eni Faleomavaega [D-AS0, 1989-2014]
#33 0.40 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#34 0.40 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#35 0.40 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#36 0.40 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#37 0.40 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#38 0.40 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#39 0.40 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#40 0.40 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#41 0.39 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#42 0.39 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#43 0.38 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#44 0.38 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#45 0.38 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#46 0.38 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#47 0.38 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#48 0.38 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#49 0.38 Rep. William Enyart [D-IL12, 2013-2014]
#50 0.38 Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D-HI1, 2016-2018]
#51 0.38 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#52 0.38 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#53 0.38 Rep. Bruce Braley [D-IA1, 2007-2014]
#54 0.38 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#55 0.37 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#56 0.37 Rep. Ed Pastor [D-AZ7, 2013-2014]
#57 0.37 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#58 0.37 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#59 0.37 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#60 0.37 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#61 0.37 Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#62 0.36 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#63 0.36 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#64 0.36 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#65 0.36 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#66 0.36 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#67 0.36 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#68 0.36 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#69 0.36 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#70 0.35 Rep. Robert “Rob” Andrews [D-NJ1, 1990-2014]
#71 0.35 Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D-NY4, 1997-2014]
#72 0.35 Rep. Steven Horsford [D-NV4]
#73 0.35 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#74 0.35 Commish. Pedro Pierluisi [D-PR0, 2009-2016]
#75 0.35 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#76 0.35 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#77 0.35 Rep. Timothy Bishop [D-NY1, 2003-2014]
#78 0.35 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#79 0.34 Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0]
#80 0.34 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#81 0.34 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#82 0.33 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#83 0.33 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#84 0.33 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#85 0.33 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#86 0.33 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#87 0.33 Rep. Melvin “Mel” Watt [D-NC12, 1993-2014]
#88 0.33 Rep. John Dingell [D-MI12, 2013-2014]
#89 0.33 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#90 0.33 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#91 0.33 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#92 0.33 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#93 0.32 Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]
#94 0.32 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#95 0.32 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#96 0.32 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#97 0.32 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#98 0.32 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#99 0.32 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#100 0.32 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#101 0.32 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#102 0.31 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#103 0.31 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#104 0.31 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#105 0.31 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#106 0.31 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#107 0.31 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#108 0.31 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#109 0.31 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#110 0.31 Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod [D-CA35, 2013-2014]
#111 0.30 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#112 0.30 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#113 0.30 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#114 0.30 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#115 0.30 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#116 0.30 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#117 0.30 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#118 0.30 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#119 0.30 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#120 0.30 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#121 0.30 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#122 0.29 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#123 0.29 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#124 0.29 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#125 0.29 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#126 0.29 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#127 0.29 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#128 0.29 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#129 0.29 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#130 0.29 Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D-PA13, 2005-2014]
#131 0.29 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#132 0.29 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#133 0.28 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#134 0.28 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#135 0.28 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#136 0.27 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#137 0.27 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#138 0.27 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#139 0.27 Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]
#140 0.26 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#141 0.26 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#142 0.26 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#143 0.26 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#144 0.26 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#145 0.26 Rep. Donna Christensen [D-VI0, 1997-2014]
#146 0.26 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#147 0.26 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#148 0.25 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#149 0.25 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#150 0.25 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#151 0.25 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#152 0.25 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#153 0.25 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#154 0.24 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#155 0.24 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#156 0.24 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#157 0.24 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#158 0.24 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#159 0.23 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#160 0.23 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#161 0.23 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#162 0.23 Rep. John Tierney [D-MA6, 1997-2014]
#163 0.23 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#164 0.23 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#165 0.23 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#166 0.23 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018]
#167 0.23 Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#168 0.23 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#169 0.23 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#170 0.23 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#171 0.22 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#172 0.22 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#173 0.22 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#174 0.21 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#175 0.21 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#176 0.20 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#177 0.20 Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4, 2008-2016]
#178 0.20 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#179 0.19 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#180 0.19 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#181 0.19 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#182 0.19 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#183 0.19 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#184 0.19 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#185 0.18 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#186 0.18 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#187 0.17 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#188 0.17 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#189 0.16 Rep. James “Jim” Moran [D-VA8, 1991-2014]
#190 0.16 Rep. Rush Holt [D-NJ12, 1999-2014]
#191 0.15 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#192 0.15 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#193 0.15 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#194 0.15 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#195 0.15 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#196 0.14 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#197 0.13 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#198 0.12 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#199 0.12 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#200 0.11 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#201 0.10 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#202 0.09 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#203 0.09 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#204 0.05 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#205 0.05 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#206 0.02 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#207 0.00 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
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For more, see our methodology. An ideology score is not computed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills or who have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable statistics. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.

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.