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2015 Report Cards: House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

These special year-end statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015), looking at Members who served at the end of that period. This page was last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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Laws Enacted

The number of bills each legislator introduced that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most bills
#1 5 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
#2 3 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#3 2 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#3 2 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#3 2 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#6 1 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15]
#6 1 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#6 1 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#6 1 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#6 1 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#6 1 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#6 1 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#6 1 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#6 1 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#6 1 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#6 1 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25]
#17 0 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6]
#17 0 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#17 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#17 0 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#17 0 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#17 0 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#17 0 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#17 0 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2]
#17 0 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#17 0 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#17 0 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#17 0 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#17 0 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#17 0 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#17 0 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#17 0 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#17 0 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#17 0 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#17 0 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1]
#17 0 Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC4]
#17 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]
#17 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#17 0 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#17 0 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#17 0 Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]
#17 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
#17 0 Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3, 2009-2017]
#17 0 Rep. Todd Rokita [R-IN4]
#17 0 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#17 0 Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#17 0 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#17 0 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#17 0 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#17 0 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#17 0 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#17 0 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#17 0 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
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A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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.

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.