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2015 Report Cards
House Sophomores / Cosponsors

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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Cosponsors

The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in 2015.

House Sophomores
most cosponsors
#1 1020 Rep. Cartwright [D-PA17]
#2 506 Rep. Guinta [R-NH1]
#3 483 Rep. Davis [R-IL13]
#4 456 Rep. Collins [R-GA9]
#5 438 Rep. Yoho [R-FL3]
#6 424 Rep. Clark [D-MA5]
#7 419 Rep. Beatty [D-OH3]
#8 374 Rep. Pocan [D-WI2]
#9 359 Rep. Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#10 341 Rep. Duckworth [D-IL8]
#11 333 Rep. Kelly [D-IL2]
#12 329 Rep. DelBene [D-WA1]
#13 322 Rep. Esty [D-CT5]
#14 321 Rep. Massie [R-KY4]
#15 298 Rep. Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#16 281 Rep. Frankel [D-FL22]
#17 262 Rep. Bustos [D-IL17]
#17 262 Rep. Hudson [R-NC8]
#19 252 Rep. Murphy [D-FL18]
#20 245 Rep. Huffman [D-CA2]
#21 237 Rep. Kildee [D-MI5]
#22 234 Rep. Barr [R-KY6]
#23 225 Rep. Kilmer [D-WA6]
#24 224 Rep. Meng [D-NY6]
#25 198 Rep. Takano [D-CA41]
#26 185 Rep. Walorski [R-IN2]
#27 181 Rep. Peters [D-CA52]
#28 175 Rep. Castro [D-TX20]
#29 167 Rep. Byrne [R-AL1]
#30 164 Rep. Jolly [R-FL13]
#31 148 Rep. Payne [D-NJ10]
#32 140 Rep. Stewart [R-UT2]
#33 139 Rep. Williams [R-TX25]
#34 135 Rep. Messer [R-IN6]
#35 134 Rep. Holding [R-NC13]
#36 133 Rep. Brownley [D-CA26]
#37 127 Rep. Weber [R-TX14]
#38 126 Rep. Veasey [D-TX33]
#39 120 Rep. Delaney [D-MD6]
#40 118 Rep. DeSantis [R-FL6]
#40 118 Rep. Maloney [D-NY18]
#42 116 Rep. Ruiz [D-CA36]
#43 115 Rep. Wagner [R-MO2]
#44 112 Rep. Perry [R-PA4]
#44 112 Rep. Valadao [R-CA21]
#46 99 Rep. Mullin [R-OK2]
#47 91 Rep. Dold [R-IL10]
#48 83 Rep. LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#49 81 Rep. Brooks [R-IN5]
#49 81 Rep. Gabbard [D-HI2]
#51 78 Rep. O’Rourke [D-TX16]
#52 77 Rep. Vargas [D-CA51]
#53 76 Rep. Collins [R-NY27]
#53 76 Rep. Jeffries [D-NY8]
#55 69 Rep. Rothfus [R-PA12]
#56 68 Rep. Cramer [R-ND0]
#57 65 Rep. Heck [D-WA10]
#58 63 Rep. Lujan Grisham [D-NM1]
#58 63 Rep. Meadows [R-NC11]
#60 61 Rep. Joyce [R-OH14]
#61 59 Rep. Kennedy [D-MA4]
#62 56 Rep. Sinema [D-AZ9]
#63 44 Rep. Pittenger [R-NC9]
#64 43 Rep. Cook [R-CA8]
#65 41 Rep. Bera [D-CA7]
#66 36 Rep. Kuster [D-NH2]
#67 35 Rep. Bridenstine [R-OK1]
#68 31 Rep. Swalwell [D-CA15]
#69 22 Rep. Rice [R-SC7]
#69 22 Rep. Smith [R-MO8]
#69 22 Rep. Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#72 14 Rep. Clawson [R-FL19]
#73 1 Rep. Vela [D-TX34]
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Additional Notes

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.