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2015 Report Cards
House Democrats / 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.

House Democrats
most often
#1 16 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#2 12 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#3 10 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#4 9 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#5 8 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#5 8 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#7 7 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#7 7 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#9 6 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#9 6 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#9 6 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#9 6 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#9 6 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#14 5 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#14 5 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#14 5 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#14 5 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#14 5 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#14 5 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#14 5 Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4, 2008-2016]
#14 5 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#14 5 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#14 5 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#14 5 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#14 5 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#14 5 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#14 5 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#28 4 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#28 4 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#28 4 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#28 4 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#28 4 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#28 4 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#28 4 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#28 4 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#28 4 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#28 4 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#28 4 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#28 4 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#28 4 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#28 4 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#28 4 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#28 4 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#44 3 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#44 3 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#44 3 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#44 3 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#44 3 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#44 3 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#44 3 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#44 3 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#44 3 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#44 3 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#44 3 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#44 3 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#44 3 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#44 3 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#44 3 Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#44 3 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#44 3 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#44 3 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#44 3 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ2]
#44 3 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#44 3 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#44 3 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#44 3 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#44 3 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#44 3 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#44 3 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#44 3 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#44 3 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#44 3 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#44 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#44 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#44 3 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#44 3 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#44 3 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#44 3 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#44 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#44 3 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#44 3 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#44 3 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#83 2 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#83 2 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#83 2 Rep. John Carney [D-DE0, 2011-2016]
#83 2 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#83 2 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#83 2 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#83 2 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#83 2 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#83 2 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#83 2 Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]
#83 2 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#83 2 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#83 2 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#83 2 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#83 2 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#83 2 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#83 2 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#83 2 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#83 2 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#83 2 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#83 2 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#83 2 Commish. Pedro Pierluisi [D-PR0, 2009-2016]
#83 2 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#83 2 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#83 2 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#83 2 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#83 2 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#83 2 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#83 2 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#83 2 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#83 2 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#83 2 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#83 2 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#83 2 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#83 2 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#83 2 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#83 2 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#83 2 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#121 1 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#121 1 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#121 1 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#121 1 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#121 1 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#121 1 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#121 1 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#121 1 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#121 1 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#121 1 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#121 1 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#121 1 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#121 1 Rep. Gwen Graham [D-FL2, 2015-2016]
#121 1 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#121 1 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#121 1 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#121 1 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#121 1 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#121 1 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#121 1 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#121 1 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#121 1 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#121 1 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#121 1 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#121 1 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#121 1 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#121 1 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#121 1 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#121 1 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#121 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#121 1 Rep. Mark Takai [D-HI1, 2015-2016]
#121 1 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#153 0 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#153 0 Rep. Brad Ashford [D-NE2, 2015-2016]
#153 0 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#153 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#153 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#153 0 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#153 0 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#153 0 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#153 0 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#153 0 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#153 0 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#153 0 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#153 0 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#153 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#153 0 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#153 0 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#153 0 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#153 0 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#153 0 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#153 0 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#153 0 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#153 0 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#153 0 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#153 0 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#153 0 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#153 0 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#153 0 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#153 0 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#153 0 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#153 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#153 0 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#153 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#153 0 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#153 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#153 0 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#153 0 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#153 0 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#153 0 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#153 0 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#153 0 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
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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.