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2015 Report Cards
House Democrats / Bills Introduced

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 Introduced

The number of bills each legislator introduced in 2015.

House Democrats
most bills
#1 65 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#2 54 Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]
#3 43 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#4 39 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#5 38 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#6 34 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#7 32 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#8 28 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#8 28 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#8 28 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#11 27 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#12 26 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#12 26 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#12 26 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#15 24 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#15 24 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#17 22 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#17 22 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#17 22 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#20 21 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#20 21 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#22 20 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#22 20 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#22 20 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#22 20 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#26 19 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#26 19 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#26 19 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#29 18 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#29 18 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#31 17 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#31 17 Rep. John Carney [D-DE0, 2011-2016]
#31 17 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#31 17 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#31 17 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#31 17 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#37 16 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#37 16 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#37 16 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#37 16 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#37 16 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#37 16 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#43 15 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#43 15 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#43 15 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#43 15 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#43 15 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#43 15 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#43 15 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#43 15 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#51 14 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#51 14 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#51 14 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#51 14 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#51 14 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#51 14 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#51 14 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#51 14 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#51 14 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#51 14 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#51 14 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#51 14 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#51 14 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#64 13 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#64 13 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#64 13 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#64 13 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#64 13 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#69 12 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#69 12 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#69 12 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#69 12 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#69 12 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#69 12 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#69 12 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#69 12 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#69 12 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#69 12 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#69 12 Commish. Pedro Pierluisi [D-PR0, 2009-2016]
#69 12 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#81 11 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#81 11 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#81 11 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#81 11 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#81 11 Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#81 11 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#81 11 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#81 11 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#81 11 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#81 11 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#81 11 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#81 11 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#93 10 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#93 10 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#93 10 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#93 10 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#93 10 Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4, 2008-2016]
#93 10 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#93 10 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#93 10 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#93 10 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#93 10 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#93 10 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#93 10 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#93 10 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#93 10 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#93 10 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#93 10 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#109 9 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#109 9 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#109 9 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#109 9 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#109 9 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#109 9 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#109 9 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#109 9 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#109 9 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#109 9 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#109 9 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#109 9 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#109 9 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#109 9 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#109 9 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#109 9 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#125 8 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#125 8 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#125 8 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ2]
#125 8 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#125 8 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#125 8 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#131 7 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#131 7 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#131 7 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#131 7 Rep. Gwen Graham [D-FL2, 2015-2016]
#131 7 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#131 7 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#131 7 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#131 7 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#131 7 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#140 6 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#140 6 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#140 6 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#140 6 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#140 6 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#140 6 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#140 6 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#140 6 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#140 6 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#140 6 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#140 6 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#140 6 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#140 6 Rep. Mark Takai [D-HI1, 2015-2016]
#140 6 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#140 6 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#155 5 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#155 5 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#155 5 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#155 5 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#155 5 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#155 5 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#155 5 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#155 5 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#155 5 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#155 5 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#155 5 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#155 5 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#155 5 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#168 4 Rep. Brad Ashford [D-NE2, 2015-2016]
#168 4 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#168 4 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#168 4 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#168 4 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#168 4 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#168 4 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#168 4 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#168 4 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#168 4 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#168 4 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#168 4 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#168 4 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#181 3 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#181 3 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#181 3 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#181 3 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#185 2 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#185 2 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#185 2 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#185 2 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#185 2 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#185 2 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#191 1 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#191 1 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
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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.