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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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The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2015 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most often
#1 14 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#2 12 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#2 12 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#4 10 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6]
#4 10 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#6 9 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#7 8 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#7 8 Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]
#7 8 Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3, 2009-2017]
#10 7 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
#11 6 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#12 5 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#12 5 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#12 5 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#12 5 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#12 5 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#12 5 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#18 4 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#18 4 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#18 4 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#18 4 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#18 4 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#18 4 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#18 4 Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#18 4 Rep. Todd Rokita [R-IN4]
#26 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#26 3 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#26 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#26 3 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1]
#26 3 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#31 2 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#31 2 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#31 2 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#31 2 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#31 2 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#31 2 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#31 2 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2]
#31 2 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#31 2 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#31 2 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#41 1 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#41 1 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#41 1 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#41 1 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#41 1 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#41 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#41 1 Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC4]
#41 1 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#49 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#49 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#49 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]
#49 0 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#49 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
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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 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.