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2015 Report Cards: House Freshmen

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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Powerful Cosponsors

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 Freshmen
most often
#1 7 Rep. John Katko [R-NY24]
#1 7 Rep. Martha McSally [R-AZ2]
#11 3 Rep. Alex Mooney [R-WV2]
#11 3 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#11 3 Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY1]
#11 3 Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6]
#11 3 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#11 3 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#11 3 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
#18 2 Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA10]
#18 2 Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R-GA11]
#18 2 Rep. Dave Trott [R-MI11]
#18 2 Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL6]
#18 2 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#18 2 Rep. Mike Bishop [R-MI8]
#18 2 Rep. Ralph Abraham [R-LA5]
#25 1 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#25 1 Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR4]
#25 1 Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA4]
#25 1 Rep. Daniel Donovan [R-NY11]
#25 1 Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7]
#25 1 Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21]
#25 1 Rep. Evan Jenkins [R-WV3]
#25 1 Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA6]
#25 1 Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI6]
#25 1 Rep. Gwen Graham [D-FL2, 2015-2016]
#25 1 Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10]
#25 1 Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO4]
#25 1 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#25 1 Rep. Mark Takai [D-HI1, 2015-2016]
#25 1 Rep. Mia Love [R-UT4]
#25 1 Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL12]
#25 1 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45]
#25 1 Rep. Ryan Zinke [R-MT0, 2015-2017]
#25 1 Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN6]
#25 1 Rep. Tom MacArthur [R-NJ3]
#3 5 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#3 5 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4]
#3 5 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#45 0 Rep. Aumua Amata [R-AS0]
#45 0 Rep. Brad Ashford [D-NE2, 2015-2016]
#45 0 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA13]
#45 0 Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R-ME2]
#45 0 Rep. Cresent Hardy [R-NV4, 2015-2016]
#45 0 Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL18]
#45 0 Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC7]
#45 0 Rep. David Young [R-IA3]
#45 0 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#45 0 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#45 0 Rep. French Hill [R-AR2]
#45 0 Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI4]
#45 0 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#45 0 Rep. Rick Allen [R-GA12]
#45 0 Rep. Rod Blum [R-IA1]
#45 0 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#45 0 Rep. Ryan Costello [R-PA6]
#45 0 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25]
#45 0 Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5]
#45 0 Rep. Trent Kelly [R-MS1]
#6 4 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#6 4 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#6 4 Rep. Buddy Carter [R-GA1]
#6 4 Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R-FL26]
#6 4 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
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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.