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2015 Report Cards
California Delegation / 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.

California Delegation
most bills
#1 537 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#2 491 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#3 437 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#4 428 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#5 415 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#6 404 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#7 381 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#8 371 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#9 344 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#10 343 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#11 333 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#12 315 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#13 297 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#14 293 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#15 285 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#16 281 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#17 280 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#18 275 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#19 270 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#20 269 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#20 269 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#22 251 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#23 222 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#24 214 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#25 196 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#26 195 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#27 192 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#27 192 Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#29 188 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#30 184 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#31 180 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#32 179 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#33 173 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#34 166 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]
#35 160 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#36 155 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#37 149 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#38 142 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]
#39 139 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#40 137 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#41 136 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#42 124 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#43 123 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#44 116 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#45 113 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#46 111 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#47 108 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#48 100 Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10, 2013-2018]
#49 94 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#50 85 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#50 85 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#52 41 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#53 4 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
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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.