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2016 Report Cards
House Freshmen / Bills Introduced

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017), as of Aug 24, 2017.

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 the 114th Congress.

House Freshmen
most bills
#1 26 Rep. John Katko [R-NY24]
#2 24 Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R-FL26, 2015-2018]
#3 22 Sen. Martha McSally [R-AZ]
#3 22 Rep. Ryan Zinke [R-MT0, 2015-2017]
#5 20 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#5 20 Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA4]
#7 19 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#7 19 Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7, 2014-2018]
#7 19 Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN6]
#7 19 Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R-ME2, 2015-2018]
#11 18 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#11 18 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#11 18 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4]
#11 18 Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5, 2015-2018]
#15 17 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#16 16 Rep. Ralph Abraham [R-LA5]
#16 16 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#16 16 Rep. Tom MacArthur [R-NJ3, 2015-2018]
#19 15 Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6]
#20 14 Rep. Cresent Hardy [R-NV4, 2015-2016]
#20 14 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
#20 14 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#20 14 Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21]
#24 13 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#24 13 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#24 13 Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY1]
#27 12 Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018]
#28 11 Rep. Brad Ashford [D-NE2, 2015-2016]
#28 11 Rep. Rod Blum [R-IA1, 2015-2018]
#28 11 Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA6]
#28 11 Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10]
#28 11 Rep. French Hill [R-AR2]
#28 11 Rep. Mia Love [R-UT4, 2015-2018]
#28 11 Rep. Alex Mooney [R-WV2]
#28 11 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#36 10 Rep. Aumua Amata [R-AS0]
#36 10 Rep. Buddy Carter [R-GA1]
#36 10 Rep. Daniel Donovan [R-NY11, 2015-2018]
#36 10 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#36 10 Rep. Gwen Graham [D-FL2, 2015-2016]
#36 10 Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI6]
#36 10 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#36 10 Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC7]
#44 9 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#44 9 Rep. Evan Jenkins [R-WV3, 2015-2018]
#46 8 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#46 8 Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO4]
#46 8 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#46 8 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#46 8 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#46 8 Rep. Dave Trott [R-MI11, 2015-2018]
#46 8 Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR4]
#53 7 Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA10, 2015-2018]
#53 7 Rep. Ryan Costello [R-PA6, 2015-2018]
#53 7 Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R-GA11]
#53 7 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#57 6 Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL12]
#57 6 Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI4]
#59 5 Rep. Mike Bishop [R-MI8, 2015-2018]
#60 4 Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL6]
#61 3 Rep. Rick Allen [R-GA12]
#62 2 Rep. Warren Davidson [R-OH8]
#62 2 Rep. Trent Kelly [R-MS1]
#62 2 Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL18]
#65 0 Rep. James Comer [R-KY1]
#65 0 Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA3]
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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 the 114th Congress) 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.