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2014 Report Cards: House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015), as of Jan 12, 2015.

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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.

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most bills
#1 23 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#2 21 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
#3 16 Rep. Doc Hastings [R-WA4, 1995-2014]
#4 15 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#5 10 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#6 9 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6]
#6 9 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#8 6 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
#9 5 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#9 5 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#11 4 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#11 4 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#13 3 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#13 3 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#13 3 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#13 3 Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#13 3 Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014]
#13 3 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#13 3 Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon [R-CA25, 1993-2014]
#13 3 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-MI8, 2001-2014]
#21 2 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#21 2 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25]
#21 2 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#21 2 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1]
#21 2 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#26 1 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#26 1 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#26 1 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#26 1 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#26 1 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#26 1 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#32 0 Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV3, 1993-2014]
#32 0 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#32 0 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13]
#32 0 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#32 0 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#32 0 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#32 0 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#32 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#32 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
#32 0 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#32 0 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#32 0 Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]
#32 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]
#32 0 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
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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.

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 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 considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.