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2014 Report Cards
House Democrats / Powerful 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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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 Democrats
most often
#1 21 Rep. George Miller [D-CA11, 2013-2014]
#2 15 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#3 13 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#4 11 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#4 11 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#6 10 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#7 9 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#7 9 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#7 9 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#10 8 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#10 8 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#12 7 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#12 7 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#12 7 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#12 7 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#12 7 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#12 7 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#12 7 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#12 7 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#12 7 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#12 7 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#12 7 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#23 6 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#23 6 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#23 6 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#23 6 Rep. Rush Holt [D-NJ12, 1999-2014]
#23 6 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#23 6 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#23 6 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#23 6 Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D-NY4, 1997-2014]
#23 6 Rep. Michael Michaud [D-ME2, 2003-2014]
#23 6 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#23 6 Rep. John Tierney [D-MA6, 1997-2014]
#23 6 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#35 5 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#35 5 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#35 5 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#35 5 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#35 5 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#35 5 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ2]
#35 5 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#35 5 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#35 5 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#35 5 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#35 5 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#35 5 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#35 5 Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33, 2013-2014]
#48 4 Rep. Timothy Bishop [D-NY1, 2003-2014]
#48 4 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#48 4 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#48 4 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#48 4 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#48 4 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#48 4 Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4, 2008-2016]
#48 4 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#48 4 Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#48 4 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#48 4 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#48 4 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#48 4 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#48 4 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#48 4 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#48 4 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#48 4 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#48 4 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#48 4 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#48 4 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#68 3 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#68 3 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#68 3 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#68 3 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#68 3 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#68 3 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#68 3 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#68 3 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#68 3 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#68 3 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#68 3 Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D-HI1, 2016-2018]
#68 3 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#68 3 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#68 3 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#68 3 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#68 3 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#68 3 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#68 3 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#68 3 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#68 3 Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0]
#68 3 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#68 3 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#68 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#68 3 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#92 2 Rep. Ron Barber [D-AZ2, 2013-2014]
#92 2 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#92 2 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#92 2 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#92 2 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#92 2 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#92 2 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#92 2 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#92 2 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#92 2 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#92 2 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#92 2 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#92 2 Rep. Eni Faleomavaega [D-AS0, 1989-2014]
#92 2 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#92 2 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#92 2 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#92 2 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#92 2 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#92 2 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#92 2 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#92 2 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#92 2 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#92 2 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#92 2 Rep. James “Jim” Moran [D-VA8, 1991-2014]
#92 2 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#92 2 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#92 2 Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod [D-CA35, 2013-2014]
#92 2 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#92 2 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#92 2 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#92 2 Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV3, 1993-2014]
#92 2 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#92 2 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#92 2 Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D-PA13, 2005-2014]
#92 2 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018]
#92 2 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#92 2 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#92 2 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#92 2 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#92 2 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#92 2 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#92 2 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#92 2 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#135 1 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#135 1 Rep. John Carney [D-DE0, 2011-2016]
#135 1 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#135 1 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#135 1 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#135 1 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#135 1 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#135 1 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#135 1 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#135 1 Rep. William Enyart [D-IL12, 2013-2014]
#135 1 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#135 1 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#135 1 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#135 1 Rep. Joe Garcia [D-FL26, 2013-2014]
#135 1 Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]
#135 1 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#135 1 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#135 1 Rep. Steven Horsford [D-NV4]
#135 1 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#135 1 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#135 1 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#135 1 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#135 1 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#135 1 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#135 1 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#135 1 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#135 1 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#135 1 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#135 1 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#135 1 Rep. Daniel Maffei [D-NY24, 2013-2014]
#135 1 Rep. Mike McIntyre [D-NC7, 1997-2014]
#135 1 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#135 1 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#135 1 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#135 1 Commish. Pedro Pierluisi [D-PR0, 2009-2016]
#135 1 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#135 1 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#135 1 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#135 1 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#135 1 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#135 1 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#135 1 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#135 1 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#135 1 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#179 0 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#179 0 Rep. John Barrow [D-GA12, 2005-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#179 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#179 0 Rep. Bruce Braley [D-IA1, 2007-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#179 0 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#179 0 Rep. Donna Christensen [D-VI0, 1997-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#179 0 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#179 0 Rep. John Dingell [D-MI12, 2013-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#179 0 Rep. Pete Gallego [D-TX23, 2013-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#179 0 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#179 0 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#179 0 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#179 0 Rep. Jim Matheson [D-UT4, 2013-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#179 0 Rep. William Owens [D-NY21, 2013-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Ed Pastor [D-AZ7, 2013-2014]
#179 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#179 0 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#179 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#179 0 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#179 0 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#179 0 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#179 0 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#179 0 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
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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.