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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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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
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#1 0.95 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6]
#2 0.95 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#3 0.88 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#4 0.85 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#5 0.84 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#6 0.83 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15]
#7 0.81 Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#8 0.81 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#9 0.79 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#10 0.78 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
#11 0.75 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#12 0.74 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#13 0.74 Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3, 2009-2017]
#14 0.73 Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]
#15 0.72 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#16 0.71 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#17 0.70 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#18 0.70 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#19 0.69 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#20 0.67 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#21 0.65 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#22 0.63 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#23 0.63 Rep. Todd Rokita [R-IN4]
#24 0.63 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#25 0.62 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#26 0.61 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#27 0.59 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#28 0.58 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#29 0.57 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#30 0.56 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#31 0.55 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#32 0.55 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25]
#33 0.53 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#34 0.52 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#35 0.52 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#36 0.51 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#37 0.50 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#38 0.46 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#39 0.45 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#40 0.44 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1]
#41 0.43 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#42 0.43 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2]
#43 0.42 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#44 0.42 Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC4]
#45 0.39 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#46 0.35 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#47 0.29 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#48 0.28 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#49 0.22 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#50 0.02 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#51 0.00 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
#52 0.00 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#53 0.00 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]
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For more, see our methodology. A leadership score is not computed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable statistics. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the leadership scores here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.

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.