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2015 Report Cards
House Democrats / Working with the Other Chamber

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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Working with the Other Chamber

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in 2015 that had a companion bill in the other chamber. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

House Democrats
most bills
#1 9 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#2 8 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#2 8 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#4 7 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#4 7 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#4 7 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#7 6 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#7 6 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#7 6 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#7 6 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#7 6 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#12 5 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#12 5 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#12 5 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#12 5 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#12 5 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#17 4 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#17 4 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#17 4 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#17 4 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#17 4 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#17 4 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#17 4 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#17 4 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#17 4 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#17 4 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#17 4 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#17 4 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#29 3 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#29 3 Rep. John Carney [D-DE0, 2011-2016]
#29 3 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#29 3 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#29 3 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#29 3 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#29 3 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#29 3 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#29 3 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#29 3 Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9, 2013-2016]
#29 3 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#29 3 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#29 3 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1, 2013-2018]
#29 3 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#29 3 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#29 3 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#29 3 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#29 3 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#29 3 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#29 3 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#29 3 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#29 3 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#29 3 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#29 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#29 3 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#29 3 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#29 3 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#29 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#57 2 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#57 2 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#57 2 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#57 2 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#57 2 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#57 2 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#57 2 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#57 2 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#57 2 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#57 2 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#57 2 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#57 2 Rep. Chaka Fattah [D-PA2, 1995-2016]
#57 2 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#57 2 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#57 2 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#57 2 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#57 2 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#57 2 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ2]
#57 2 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#57 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#57 2 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#57 2 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#57 2 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#57 2 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#57 2 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#57 2 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#57 2 Commish. Pedro Pierluisi [D-PR0, 2009-2016]
#57 2 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#57 2 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#57 2 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#57 2 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#57 2 Rep. Mark Takai [D-HI1, 2015-2016]
#89 1 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#89 1 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#89 1 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#89 1 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#89 1 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#89 1 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#89 1 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#89 1 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#89 1 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#89 1 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#89 1 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#89 1 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#89 1 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#89 1 Rep. Gwen Graham [D-FL2, 2015-2016]
#89 1 Rep. Janice Hahn [D-CA44, 2013-2016]
#89 1 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#89 1 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#89 1 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#89 1 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#89 1 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#89 1 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#89 1 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#89 1 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#89 1 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#89 1 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#89 1 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#89 1 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#89 1 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#89 1 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#89 1 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#89 1 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#89 1 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#89 1 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#89 1 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#89 1 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#89 1 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#89 1 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#89 1 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#89 1 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#89 1 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#89 1 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#89 1 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#89 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#89 1 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#89 1 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#89 1 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#135 0 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#135 0 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#135 0 Rep. Brad Ashford [D-NE2, 2015-2016]
#135 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#135 0 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#135 0 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#135 0 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#135 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#135 0 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#135 0 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#135 0 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#135 0 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#135 0 Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4, 2008-2016]
#135 0 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#135 0 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#135 0 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#135 0 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#135 0 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#135 0 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#135 0 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#135 0 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#135 0 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#135 0 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#135 0 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#135 0 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#135 0 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#135 0 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#135 0 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#135 0 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#135 0 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#135 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#135 0 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#135 0 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#135 0 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#135 0 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#135 0 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#135 0 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#135 0 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#135 0 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#135 0 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#135 0 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#135 0 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#135 0 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#135 0 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#135 0 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#135 0 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#135 0 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#135 0 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#135 0 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#135 0 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#135 0 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
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Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

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.