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2014 Report Cards
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs / Working with the Other Chamber

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.

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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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.

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most bills
#1 8 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#2 6 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#2 6 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#4 5 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#4 5 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#6 4 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#6 4 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#8 3 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#8 3 Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014]
#8 3 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#8 3 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#8 3 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#8 3 Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#8 3 Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]
#15 2 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#15 2 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#15 2 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#15 2 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#15 2 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#15 2 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#15 2 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#15 2 Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV3, 1993-2014]
#15 2 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#15 2 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#15 2 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#26 1 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#26 1 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#26 1 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#26 1 Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon [R-CA25, 1993-2014]
#26 1 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#26 1 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#26 1 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#26 1 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#26 1 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#35 0 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3, 2009-2018]
#35 0 Rep. Doc Hastings [R-WA4, 1995-2014]
#35 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#35 0 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#35 0 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#35 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#35 0 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-MI8, 2001-2014]
#35 0 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#35 0 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#35 0 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#35 0 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
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Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

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.