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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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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.

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most often
#1 27 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#13 7 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#13 7 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#15 6 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#15 6 Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#15 6 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#18 5 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#18 5 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#18 5 Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]
#18 5 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#2 21 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#22 4 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#22 4 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#22 4 Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon [R-CA25, 1993-2014]
#22 4 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#22 4 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#22 4 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-MI8, 2001-2014]
#28 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#28 3 Rep. Doc Hastings [R-WA4, 1995-2014]
#28 3 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#3 15 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#31 2 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#31 2 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#31 2 Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV3, 1993-2014]
#31 2 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#35 1 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#35 1 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#35 1 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#35 1 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#35 1 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1]
#4 12 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6]
#4 12 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#40 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#40 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]
#40 0 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#40 0 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#40 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
#40 0 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#6 11 Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014]
#7 10 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
#8 9 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#9 8 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
#9 8 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#9 8 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#9 8 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
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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.

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 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.