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2014 Report Cards
House Freshmen / Bills Out of Committee

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 Out of Committee

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration. Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action.

House Freshmen
most often
#1 6 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#2 5 Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]
#2 5 Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2]
#4 3 Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr [R-KY6]
#4 3 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#4 3 Rep. George Holding [R-NC2]
#4 3 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#4 3 Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9, 2013-2018]
#9 2 Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27]
#9 2 Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#9 2 Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND]
#9 2 Rep. Ron DeSantis [R-FL6, 2013-2018]
#9 2 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#9 2 Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC8]
#9 2 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#9 2 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#9 2 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#9 2 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#9 2 Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]
#9 2 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#9 2 Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]
#9 2 Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO8]
#9 2 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#24 1 Rep. Kerry Bentivolio [R-MI11, 2013-2014]
#24 1 Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1, 2013-2018]
#24 1 Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5]
#24 1 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#24 1 Rep. Curtis “Curt” Clawson [R-FL19, 2014-2016]
#24 1 Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13]
#24 1 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#24 1 Rep. William Enyart [D-IL12, 2013-2014]
#24 1 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#24 1 Rep. Joe Garcia [D-FL26, 2013-2014]
#24 1 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#24 1 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#24 1 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#24 1 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#24 1 Rep. Luke Messer [R-IN6, 2013-2018]
#24 1 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#24 1 Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA10]
#24 1 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#24 1 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#24 1 Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2]
#24 1 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#24 1 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#46 0 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#46 0 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#46 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#46 0 Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7, 2014-2018]
#46 0 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#46 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#46 0 Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL1]
#46 0 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#46 0 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#46 0 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#46 0 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#46 0 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#46 0 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#46 0 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#46 0 Rep. Pete Gallego [D-TX23, 2013-2014]
#46 0 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#46 0 Rep. Steven Horsford [D-NV4]
#46 0 Rep. David Jolly [R-FL13, 2014-2016]
#46 0 Rep. David Joyce [R-OH14]
#46 0 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#46 0 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#46 0 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#46 0 Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4]
#46 0 Rep. Vance McAllister [R-LA5, 2013-2014]
#46 0 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#46 0 Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod [D-CA35, 2013-2014]
#46 0 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#46 0 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#46 0 Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12, 2013-2018]
#46 0 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#46 0 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#46 0 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#46 0 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]
#46 0 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#46 0 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#46 0 Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2]
#46 0 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#46 0 Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#46 0 Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3]
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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.