2014 Report Cards

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 113th Congress, as of Jan 12, 2015.

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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in the 113th Congress.

All Representatives
#1 805 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#2 804 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13]
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All Senators
#1 449 Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]
#2 403 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
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Bills Introduced

The number of bills each legislator introduced in the 113th Congress.

All Representatives
#1 96 Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9]
#2 67 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
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All Senators
#1 107 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 92 Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]
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Bills Out of Committee

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration. Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action.

All Representatives
#1 23 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#2 21 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#2 21 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#2 21 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
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All Senators
#1 30 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 20 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
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Committee Positions

A score, giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position, for each legislator.

All Representatives
#1 10 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#1 10 Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014]
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All Senators
#1 16 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#2 11 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA]
#2 11 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
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Cosponsors

The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in the 113th Congress.

All Representatives
#1 1677 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1]
#2 1535 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
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All Senators
#1 894 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 809 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
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Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of 20 government transparency bills that we identified in the 113th Congress. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

All Representatives
#1 9 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#1 9 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
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All Senators
#1 8 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#2 7 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#2 7 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
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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—progressive scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.

All Representatives
#1 1.00 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R-GA3]
#2 0.95 Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]
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#440 0.00 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#441 0.00 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
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All Senators
#1 1.00 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#2 0.94 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
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#99 0.01 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#100 0.00 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
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For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress 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.

All Representatives
#1 71.2% Rep. Jim Matheson [D-UT4, 2013-2014]
#2 67.9% Rep. Mike McIntyre [D-NC7, 1997-2014]
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#436 1.9% Rep. Marlin Stutzman [R-IN3]
#437 1.4% Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R-KS1]
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All Senators
#1 70.0% Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#2 62.4% Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
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#97 13.8% Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#98 11.8% Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
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Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Laws Enacted

The number of bills each legislator introduced that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

All Representatives
#1 9 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#2 6 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3]
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All Senators
#1 7 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 6 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#2 6 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
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A bill is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted. 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.

 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

All Representatives
#1 1.00 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1]
#2 0.96 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
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#440 0.00 Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#441 0.00 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5]
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All Senators
#1 1.00 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 0.87 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
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#99 0.07 Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R-GA, 2003-2014]
#100 0.00 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
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For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership scores here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.

 

Missed Votes

The percentage of votes each legislator missed in the 113th Congress.

All Representatives
#1 58.0% Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D-NY4, 1997-2014]
#2 43.8% Rep. John Campbell [R-CA45, 2013-2014]
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All Senators
#1 19.9% Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK, 2005-2014]
#2 17.2% Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS]
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#97 0.0% Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#97 0.0% Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#97 0.0% Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#97 0.0% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
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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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in the 113th Congress 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.

All Representatives
#1 27 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#2 21 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
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All Senators
#1 20 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 12 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#2 12 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
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Working with the Other Chamber

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in the 113th Congress that had a companion bill in the other chamber. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

All Representatives
#1 14 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
#2 12 Rep. Michael Grimm [R-NY11, 2013-2014]
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All Senators
#1 32 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#2 25 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
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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 the 113th Congress which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.

All Representatives
#1 100.0% Rep. James Renacci [R-OH16]
#2 90.9% Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA5]
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#279 0.0% Rep. Donna Christensen [D-VI0, 1997-2014]
#279 0.0% Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4]
#279 0.0% Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
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All Senators
#1 65.2% Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#2 61.1% Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
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#89 7.1% Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#90 5.0% Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
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Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

Notes

The statistics on this page were last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

Enacted Joint Resolutions: When counting laws enacted, we also include joint resolutions that are enacted.

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.

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 several bills that improve access to government records or strengthen citizen participation in government and are on subjects that we believe are non-partisan.

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 at the time these statistics were updated.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are treated as having first taken office in the next Congress.