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2015 Report Cards
House Sophomores / Bills Cosponsored

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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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in 2015.

House Sophomores
most bills
#1 480 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#2 434 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#3 428 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#4 415 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#5 381 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#6 371 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#7 344 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#8 324 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#9 315 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#10 302 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#11 300 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#12 297 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#13 286 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#13 286 Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND]
#15 283 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#16 277 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#17 270 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#18 263 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#19 255 Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13]
#20 244 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#21 239 Rep. David Jolly [R-FL13, 2014-2016]
#22 237 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#22 237 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#24 235 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#24 235 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#26 233 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#27 228 Rep. David Joyce [R-OH14]
#28 225 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#29 219 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#30 214 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#30 214 Rep. Luke Messer [R-IN6, 2013-2018]
#32 212 Rep. Bob Dold [R-IL10, 2015-2016]
#32 212 Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9, 2013-2018]
#34 210 Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr [R-KY6]
#35 209 Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27]
#36 206 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#36 206 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#38 203 Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3]
#39 200 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#40 194 Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12, 2013-2018]
#41 190 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#42 187 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#43 184 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#44 180 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#45 178 Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5]
#46 177 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#47 176 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#48 171 Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL1]
#49 170 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#50 168 Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]
#51 166 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]
#52 160 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#52 160 Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2]
#54 158 Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2]
#55 157 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#56 153 Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC8]
#56 153 Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2]
#58 142 Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]
#59 140 Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1, 2013-2018]
#60 137 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#61 132 Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO8]
#61 132 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#63 131 Rep. Frank Guinta [R-NH1, 2015-2016]
#64 130 Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA10]
#65 129 Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4]
#66 121 Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#66 121 Rep. Ron DeSantis [R-FL6, 2013-2018]
#68 112 Rep. Curtis “Curt” Clawson [R-FL19, 2014-2016]
#69 107 Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#70 104 Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]
#71 101 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#72 91 Rep. George Holding [R-NC2]
#73 87 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
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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.