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2015 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (House) / Government Transparency

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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Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of the government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills that we identified in 2015. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Serving 10+ Years (House)
most often
#1 9 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#2 8 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#2 8 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#4 7 Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#4 7 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#6 6 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#6 6 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#8 5 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#9 4 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2, 1988-2018]
#9 4 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#9 4 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#9 4 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#13 3 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#13 3 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#13 3 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#13 3 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#13 3 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#13 3 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#13 3 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#13 3 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#13 3 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#13 3 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#13 3 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#13 3 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#13 3 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#13 3 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#13 3 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#13 3 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#13 3 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#13 3 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#13 3 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#13 3 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#13 3 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#13 3 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#13 3 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#13 3 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#37 2 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#37 2 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#37 2 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#37 2 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#37 2 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#37 2 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#37 2 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#37 2 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#37 2 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#37 2 Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8, 2013-2017]
#37 2 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#37 2 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#37 2 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#37 2 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#37 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#37 2 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#37 2 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#37 2 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#37 2 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#37 2 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#37 2 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#37 2 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#37 2 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#37 2 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#37 2 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#37 2 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#37 2 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#37 2 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#37 2 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#37 2 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#37 2 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#37 2 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#37 2 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#37 2 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#71 1 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#71 1 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#71 1 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#71 1 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#71 1 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#71 1 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#71 1 Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick [R-PA8, 2011-2016]
#71 1 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#71 1 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#71 1 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#71 1 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#71 1 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#71 1 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#71 1 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#71 1 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#71 1 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#71 1 Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10, 2003-2016]
#71 1 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#71 1 Rep. Stevan “Steve” Pearce [R-NM2, 2011-2018]
#71 1 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#71 1 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#71 1 Rep. Matt Salmon [R-AZ5, 2013-2016]
#71 1 Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#71 1 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#71 1 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#71 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#71 1 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#71 1 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#71 1 Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]
#100 0 Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]
#100 0 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#100 0 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#100 0 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Charles Boustany [R-LA3, 2013-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#100 0 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#100 0 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#100 0 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#100 0 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#100 0 Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#100 0 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#100 0 Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R-FL4, 2001-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#100 0 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL25]
#100 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#100 0 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Randy Forbes [R-VA4, 2001-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#100 0 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#100 0 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11, 1995-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Scott Garrett [R-NJ5, 2003-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#100 0 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#100 0 Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#100 0 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R-NJ2, 1995-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#100 0 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#100 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#100 0 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#100 0 Rep. John Mica [R-FL7, 1993-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA18, 2003-2017]
#100 0 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#100 0 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#100 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#100 0 Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16, 1997-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#100 0 Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#100 0 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-AL3]
#100 0 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]
#100 0 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#100 0 Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#100 0 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#100 0 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#100 0 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#100 0 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#100 0 Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018]
#100 0 Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#100 0 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#100 0 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#100 0 Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
#100 0 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#100 0 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R-GA3, 2007-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Ed Whitfield [R-KY1, 1995-2016]
#100 0 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
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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.