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2015 Report Cards
House Freshmen / Laws Enacted

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.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make a legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of legislating and make your own judgements based on what legislative activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

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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 Freshmen
most laws
#1 2 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23, 2015-2020]
#1 2 Rep. John Katko [R-NY24]
#3 1 Rep. Mike Bishop [R-MI8, 2015-2018]
#3 1 Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7, 2014-2018]
#3 1 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#3 1 Sen. Martha McSally [R-AZ, 2019-2020]
#3 1 Rep. Aumua Amata Radewagen [R-AS0]
#3 1 Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Ralph Abraham [R-LA5, 2015-2020]
#9 0 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#9 0 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#9 0 Rep. Rick Allen [R-GA12]
#9 0 Rep. Brad Ashford [D-NE2, 2015-2016]
#9 0 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#9 0 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#9 0 Rep. Rod Blum [R-IA1, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL12]
#9 0 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#9 0 Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO4]
#9 0 Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter [R-GA1]
#9 0 Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA10, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Ryan Costello [R-PA6, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R-FL26, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#9 0 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#9 0 Rep. Daniel Donovan [R-NY11, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN6]
#9 0 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#9 0 Rep. Gwen Graham [D-FL2, 2015-2016]
#9 0 Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA6]
#9 0 Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI6]
#9 0 Rep. Cresent Hardy [R-NV4, 2015-2016]
#9 0 Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10]
#9 0 Rep. French Hill [R-AR2]
#9 0 Rep. Evan Jenkins [R-WV3, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Trent Kelly [R-MS1]
#9 0 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL18]
#9 0 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#9 0 Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R-GA11]
#9 0 Rep. Mia Love [R-UT4, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Tom MacArthur [R-NJ3, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI4]
#9 0 Rep. Alexander Mooney [R-WV2]
#9 0 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#9 0 Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA4]
#9 0 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#9 0 Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL6]
#9 0 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#9 0 Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R-ME2, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4, 2015-2020]
#9 0 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#9 0 Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC7]
#9 0 Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21]
#9 0 Rep. Mark Takai [D-HI1, 2015-2016]
#9 0 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#9 0 Rep. Dave Trott [R-MI11, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6, 2015-2020]
#9 0 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#9 0 Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR4]
#9 0 Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018]
#9 0 Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY1]
#9 0 Rep. Ryan Zinke [R-MT0, 2015-2017]
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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.

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.