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2015 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (House) / Powerful 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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Powerful Cosponsors

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2015 that had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Serving 10+ Years (House)
most often
#1 16 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#2 14 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#3 12 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#3 12 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#3 12 Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#6 10 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#6 10 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#6 10 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#9 9 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#9 9 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#11 8 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#11 8 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#13 7 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#13 7 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#13 7 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#13 7 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#13 7 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#18 6 Rep. Charles Boustany [R-LA3, 2013-2016]
#18 6 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#18 6 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#18 6 Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#18 6 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#18 6 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]
#24 5 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#24 5 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#24 5 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#24 5 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#24 5 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#24 5 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#24 5 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#24 5 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#24 5 Rep. Ed Whitfield [R-KY1, 1995-2016]
#33 4 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#33 4 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#33 4 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#33 4 Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick [R-PA8, 2011-2016]
#33 4 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#33 4 Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#33 4 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#33 4 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#33 4 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#33 4 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#33 4 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#33 4 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#33 4 Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16, 1997-2016]
#33 4 Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#33 4 Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#33 4 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#33 4 Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#33 4 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#33 4 Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018]
#33 4 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#33 4 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#54 3 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#54 3 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#54 3 Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#54 3 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#54 3 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#54 3 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#54 3 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#54 3 Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8, 2013-2017]
#54 3 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#54 3 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#54 3 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#54 3 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#54 3 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#54 3 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#54 3 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#54 3 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#54 3 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#54 3 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#54 3 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#54 3 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#54 3 Rep. Matt Salmon [R-AZ5, 2013-2016]
#54 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#54 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#54 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#78 2 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#78 2 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#78 2 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#78 2 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#78 2 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2, 1988-2018]
#78 2 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#78 2 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#78 2 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#78 2 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#78 2 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#78 2 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#78 2 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#78 2 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#78 2 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#78 2 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#78 2 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#78 2 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#78 2 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#78 2 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#78 2 Rep. Stevan “Steve” Pearce [R-NM2, 2011-2018]
#78 2 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#78 2 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#78 2 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#78 2 Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#78 2 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#78 2 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#78 2 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#78 2 Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#78 2 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#78 2 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#78 2 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R-GA3, 2007-2016]
#109 1 Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]
#109 1 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#109 1 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#109 1 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#109 1 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#109 1 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#109 1 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#109 1 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#109 1 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#109 1 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#109 1 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#109 1 Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#109 1 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#109 1 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#109 1 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#109 1 Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R-NJ2, 1995-2018]
#109 1 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#109 1 Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA18, 2003-2017]
#109 1 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#109 1 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#109 1 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#109 1 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#109 1 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#109 1 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#109 1 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#109 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#109 1 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#109 1 Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
#109 1 Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]
#138 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#138 0 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#138 0 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#138 0 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#138 0 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#138 0 Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R-FL4, 2001-2016]
#138 0 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#138 0 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#138 0 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL25]
#138 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#138 0 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#138 0 Rep. Randy Forbes [R-VA4, 2001-2016]
#138 0 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11, 1995-2018]
#138 0 Rep. Scott Garrett [R-NJ5, 2003-2016]
#138 0 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#138 0 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#138 0 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#138 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#138 0 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#138 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#138 0 Rep. John Mica [R-FL7, 1993-2016]
#138 0 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#138 0 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#138 0 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#138 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#138 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#138 0 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#138 0 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-AL3]
#138 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#138 0 Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]
#138 0 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#138 0 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
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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.