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2014 Report Cards
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs / Cosponsors

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

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most cosponsors
#1 1677 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#2 1381 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#3 1017 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#4 866 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#5 775 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#6 774 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#7 742 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#8 714 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#9 618 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#10 607 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#11 605 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#12 507 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16, 2013-2020]
#13 490 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#14 470 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#15 414 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#16 411 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17, 2013-2020]
#17 365 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#18 341 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3, 2009-2018]
#19 328 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA50]
#20 324 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#21 307 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11, 2005-2020]
#22 291 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#23 236 Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#24 214 Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014]
#25 208 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#26 203 Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon [R-CA25, 1993-2014]
#27 187 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-MI8, 2001-2014]
#28 162 Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV3, 1993-2014]
#29 160 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#30 141 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#31 131 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#32 121 Rep. Doc Hastings [R-WA4, 1995-2014]
#33 114 Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]
#34 112 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#35 111 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX17]
#36 96 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#37 79 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7, 1991-2020]
#38 69 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#39 51 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#40 34 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#41 17 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#41 17 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#43 14 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#44 8 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#45 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
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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.