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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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Missed Votes

The percentage of votes each legislator missed in 2015.

House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most absent
#1 18.8% Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#2 12.1% Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#3 7.8% Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#4 7.2% Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#5 7.1% Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#6 6.7% Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
#7 6.3% Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC4]
#8 5.0% Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#9 4.9% Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#10 4.5% Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#11 4.3% Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#11 4.3% Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#11 4.3% Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3, 2009-2017]
#14 4.0% Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#15 3.4% Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#15 3.4% Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#17 3.1% Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#18 2.7% Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#19 2.6% Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#20 2.3% Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]
#21 2.0% Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2]
#21 2.0% Rep. Todd Rokita [R-IN4]
#23 1.8% Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
#24 1.7% Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#25 1.4% Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#26 1.4% Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#27 1.3% Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#28 1.1% Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#28 1.1% Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#30 1.0% Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#31 1.0% Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#31 1.0% Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#33 0.9% Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#33 0.9% Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#33 0.9% Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#33 0.9% Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#37 0.7% Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
#38 0.6% Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#38 0.6% Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#40 0.3% Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#40 0.3% Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6]
#40 0.3% Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#40 0.3% Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#44 0.1% Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#44 0.1% Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#44 0.1% Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#47 0.0% Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#47 0.0% Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#47 0.0% Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#47 0.0% Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#47 0.0% Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#47 0.0% Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5]
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The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

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.