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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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Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the percent of bills introduced by each legislator in 2015 which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
highest % of bills
#1 66.7% Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#1 66.7% Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#3 60.9% Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#4 60.0% Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#5 58.8% Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#6 58.3% Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
#6 58.3% Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#8 53.8% Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#9 52.9% Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6]
#10 50.0% Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#11 46.7% Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#12 45.5% Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#13 44.4% Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#14 38.5% Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#15 34.8% Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3, 2009-2017]
#16 27.3% Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#17 25.0% Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#18 22.2% Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#19 20.8% Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#20 18.5% Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]
#21 17.9% Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#21 17.9% Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#23 16.7% Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#24 14.3% Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#24 14.3% Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#26 13.3% Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#27 11.8% Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#28 11.5% Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#29 11.1% Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#30 9.1% Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#31 8.3% Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#32 7.1% Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
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Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

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.