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2015 Report Cards
Safe House Seats / Writing Bipartisan Bills

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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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.

Safe House Seats
highest % of bills
#1 91.7% Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO3]
#2 81.3% Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018]
#3 80.0% Rep. James Renacci [R-OH16, 2011-2018]
#4 78.6% Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA15]
#5 77.3% Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN3, 2009-2018]
#6 76.2% Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#7 75.0% Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#8 71.4% Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#9 66.7% Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#9 66.7% Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#11 65.2% Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL12]
#12 65.0% Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R-KS2, 2009-2018]
#13 64.3% Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8, 2013-2017]
#14 63.2% Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#15 62.5% Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#16 60.9% Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#17 60.0% Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#18 59.3% Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ4]
#19 59.0% Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#20 58.8% Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#21 58.3% Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#21 58.3% Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#23 58.1% Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#24 57.9% Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]
#25 56.3% Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#25 56.3% Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#27 55.6% Rep. Steve Stivers [R-OH15]
#28 55.0% Rep. Mike Kelly [R-PA16]
#29 54.5% Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#29 54.5% Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2]
#31 53.8% Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#31 53.8% Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3]
#33 52.9% Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#34 52.4% Rep. David McKinley [R-WV1]
#35 51.7% Rep. Diane Black [R-TN6, 2011-2018]
#36 50.0% Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#36 50.0% Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]
#36 50.0% Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#36 50.0% Rep. Renee Ellmers [R-NC2, 2011-2016]
#36 50.0% Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY2]
#36 50.0% Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#36 50.0% Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#43 46.7% Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#43 46.7% Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#43 46.7% Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#43 46.7% Rep. Bill Posey [R-FL8]
#43 46.7% Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6, 2007-2018]
#43 46.7% Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#43 46.7% Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#50 46.2% Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#50 46.2% Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL16]
#50 46.2% Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#50 46.2% Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22]
#54 45.5% Rep. Eric “Rick” Crawford [R-AR1]
#54 45.5% Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#56 44.4% Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#57 43.8% Rep. Kristi Noem [R-SD0, 2011-2018]
#57 43.8% Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#59 42.9% Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#59 42.9% Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#59 42.9% Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#59 42.9% Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#63 42.1% Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA11, 2011-2018]
#63 42.1% Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#65 41.7% Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#65 41.7% Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#65 41.7% Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5]
#68 41.2% Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#68 41.2% Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#70 40.0% Rep. Charles Boustany [R-LA3, 2013-2016]
#70 40.0% Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#70 40.0% Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16, 1997-2016]
#73 38.5% Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#73 38.5% Rep. Stephen Fincher [R-TN8, 2011-2016]
#73 38.5% Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#73 38.5% Rep. Leonard Lance [R-NJ7, 2009-2018]
#73 38.5% Rep. Tom Marino [R-PA12, 2019-2019]
#73 38.5% Rep. Dennis Ross [R-FL15, 2013-2018]
#73 38.5% Rep. Ryan Zinke [R-MT0, 2015-2017]
#80 37.5% Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#81 36.8% Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#82 36.4% Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#82 36.4% Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#82 36.4% Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#82 36.4% Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#82 36.4% Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]
#82 36.4% Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#82 36.4% Rep. Mike Pompeo [R-KS4, 2011-2017]
#89 35.7% Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#89 35.7% Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#89 35.7% Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#92 34.8% Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3, 2009-2017]
#93 34.4% Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#94 33.3% Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#94 33.3% Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#94 33.3% Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R-WY0, 2009-2016]
#94 33.3% Rep. Luke Messer [R-IN6, 2013-2018]
#94 33.3% Commish. Pedro Pierluisi [D-PR0, 2009-2016]
#99 31.6% Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#100 30.8% Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#100 30.8% Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#100 30.8% Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA10]
#103 30.0% Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#103 30.0% Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#105 29.4% Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#106 28.6% Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr [R-KY6]
#106 28.6% Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#106 28.6% Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#106 28.6% Rep. Robert Wittman [R-VA1]
#110 28.1% Rep. Matt Salmon [R-AZ5, 2013-2016]
#111 27.3% Rep. Mark Amodei [R-NV2]
#111 27.3% Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#111 27.3% Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#111 27.3% Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#115 26.7% Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#116 25.0% Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#116 25.0% Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#116 25.0% Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#116 25.0% Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA4]
#116 25.0% Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#116 25.0% Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#122 23.9% Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#123 23.8% Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#124 23.5% Rep. John Carney [D-DE0, 2011-2016]
#124 23.5% Rep. Morgan Griffith [R-VA9]
#124 23.5% Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#127 23.1% Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018]
#127 23.1% Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#127 23.1% Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#130 22.7% Rep. Sean Duffy [R-WI7, 2011-2019]
#131 22.2% Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#131 22.2% Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#133 21.4% Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#133 21.4% Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#135 20.8% Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#136 20.0% Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#137 18.8% Rep. Rob Woodall [R-GA7]
#138 18.5% Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#139 18.4% Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#140 18.2% Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#141 17.9% Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#141 17.9% Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#143 17.6% Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#144 16.7% Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#144 16.7% Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27, 2013-2019]
#144 16.7% Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#144 16.7% Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#144 16.7% Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#149 15.6% Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#150 15.4% Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#150 15.4% Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#150 15.4% Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#153 14.3% Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#153 14.3% Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#153 14.3% Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#156 13.3% Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#156 13.3% Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#156 13.3% Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#159 11.8% Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#160 11.5% Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#161 11.1% Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#162 9.1% Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#162 9.1% Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#164 8.3% Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#164 8.3% Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#164 8.3% Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#167 7.7% Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL1]
#167 7.7% Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#167 7.7% Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#170 7.1% Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#170 7.1% Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#172 6.7% Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#173 5.3% Rep. David Schweikert [R-AZ6]
#174 4.7% Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#175 3.7% Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]
#176 0.0% Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#176 0.0% Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
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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.