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2014 Report Cards
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs / Bills Cosponsored

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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Bills Cosponsored

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

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most bills
#1 643 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#2 486 Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#3 469 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#4 381 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#5 325 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#6 323 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#7 318 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#8 307 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#9 295 Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]
#10 282 Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV3, 1993-2014]
#11 279 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#12 277 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#13 271 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#14 270 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#15 267 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#16 266 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#16 266 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#18 253 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#19 245 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#20 244 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#21 242 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#22 235 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#23 226 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#24 224 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#25 211 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3, 2009-2018]
#26 210 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#27 196 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#28 193 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#29 191 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#30 178 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#31 174 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#32 155 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#33 142 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#34 137 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#35 130 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#35 130 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#37 117 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#37 117 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#39 108 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-MI8, 2001-2014]
#40 99 Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon [R-CA25, 1993-2014]
#40 99 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#42 91 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#43 84 Rep. Doc Hastings [R-WA4, 1995-2014]
#44 68 Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014]
#45 62 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
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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.