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2015 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (House) / Laws Enacted

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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Laws Enacted

The number of bills each legislator introduced that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Serving 10+ Years (House)
most laws
#1 5 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#2 3 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#3 2 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#3 2 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#3 2 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#3 2 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#3 2 Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#3 2 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#9 1 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#9 1 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#9 1 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#9 1 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#9 1 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#9 1 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#9 1 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#9 1 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#9 1 Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8, 2013-2017]
#9 1 Rep. Scott Garrett [R-NJ5, 2003-2016]
#9 1 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#9 1 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#9 1 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#9 1 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#9 1 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#9 1 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#9 1 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#9 1 Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16, 1997-2016]
#9 1 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#9 1 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#9 1 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#9 1 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#9 1 Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#9 1 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#9 1 Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#9 1 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#9 1 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#9 1 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#9 1 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#38 0 Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]
#38 0 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#38 0 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#38 0 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#38 0 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#38 0 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#38 0 Rep. Charles Boustany [R-LA3, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#38 0 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#38 0 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#38 0 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#38 0 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#38 0 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#38 0 Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#38 0 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#38 0 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#38 0 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#38 0 Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R-FL4, 2001-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#38 0 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#38 0 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#38 0 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#38 0 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#38 0 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#38 0 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#38 0 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL25]
#38 0 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2, 1988-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#38 0 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#38 0 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick [R-PA8, 2011-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Randy Forbes [R-VA4, 2001-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#38 0 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11, 1995-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#38 0 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#38 0 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#38 0 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#38 0 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#38 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#38 0 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#38 0 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#38 0 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#38 0 Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#38 0 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#38 0 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#38 0 Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#38 0 Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#38 0 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#38 0 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#38 0 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#38 0 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#38 0 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#38 0 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#38 0 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#38 0 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#38 0 Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R-NJ2, 1995-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#38 0 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#38 0 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#38 0 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#38 0 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#38 0 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#38 0 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#38 0 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#38 0 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#38 0 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#38 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#38 0 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#38 0 Rep. John Mica [R-FL7, 1993-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#38 0 Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA18, 2003-2017]
#38 0 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#38 0 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#38 0 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#38 0 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#38 0 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#38 0 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#38 0 Rep. Stevan “Steve” Pearce [R-NM2, 2011-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#38 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#38 0 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#38 0 Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#38 0 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-AL3]
#38 0 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]
#38 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#38 0 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#38 0 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#38 0 Rep. Matt Salmon [R-AZ5, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#38 0 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#38 0 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#38 0 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#38 0 Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#38 0 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#38 0 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#38 0 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#38 0 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#38 0 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#38 0 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#38 0 Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018]
#38 0 Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#38 0 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#38 0 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#38 0 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#38 0 Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
#38 0 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#38 0 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#38 0 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R-GA3, 2007-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Ed Whitfield [R-KY1, 1995-2016]
#38 0 Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]
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A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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.