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2015 Report Cards
House Sophomores / Committee Positions

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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Committee Positions

A score, giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position, for each legislator.

House Sophomores
most committee positions
#1 2 Rep. Ron DeSantis [R-FL6, 2013-2018]
#2 1 Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1, 2013-2018]
#2 1 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#2 1 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#2 1 Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#2 1 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#2 1 Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13]
#2 1 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#2 1 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#2 1 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#2 1 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#2 1 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#2 1 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#2 1 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#2 1 Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]
#2 1 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#2 1 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#2 1 Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA10]
#2 1 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#2 1 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#2 1 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#2 1 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]
#2 1 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#2 1 Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2]
#2 1 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#2 1 Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#27 0 Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr [R-KY6]
#27 0 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#27 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#27 0 Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5]
#27 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#27 0 Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL1]
#27 0 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#27 0 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#27 0 Rep. Curtis “Curt” Clawson [R-FL19, 2014-2016]
#27 0 Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27, 2013-2019]
#27 0 Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND]
#27 0 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#27 0 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#27 0 Rep. Bob Dold [R-IL10, 2015-2016]
#27 0 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#27 0 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#27 0 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#27 0 Rep. Frank Guinta [R-NH1, 2015-2016]
#27 0 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#27 0 Rep. George Holding [R-NC2]
#27 0 Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC8]
#27 0 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#27 0 Rep. David Jolly [R-FL13, 2014-2016]
#27 0 Rep. David Joyce [R-OH14]
#27 0 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#27 0 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#27 0 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#27 0 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#27 0 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#27 0 Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4]
#27 0 Rep. Luke Messer [R-IN6, 2013-2018]
#27 0 Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]
#27 0 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#27 0 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#27 0 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#27 0 Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9, 2013-2018]
#27 0 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#27 0 Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]
#27 0 Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12, 2013-2018]
#27 0 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#27 0 Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO8]
#27 0 Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2]
#27 0 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#27 0 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#27 0 Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2]
#27 0 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#27 0 Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3]
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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.