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2016 Report Cards: House Sophomores

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.

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Laws Enacted

The number of bills each legislator introduced that became law in the 114th Congress, including via incorporation into other bills. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

House Sophomores
most laws
#1 5 Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]
#1 5 Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#1 5 Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5]
#4 3 Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#4 3 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5]
#4 3 Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2]
#4 3 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#8 2 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#8 2 Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]
#10 1 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#10 1 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#10 1 Rep. Curtis “Curt” Clawson [R-FL19, 2014-2016]
#10 1 Rep. David Joyce [R-OH14]
#10 1 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#10 1 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#10 1 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#10 1 Rep. Bob Dold [R-IL10, 2015-2016]
#10 1 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#10 1 Rep. Frank Guinta [R-NH1, 2015-2016]
#10 1 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16]
#10 1 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#10 1 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
#10 1 Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27]
#10 1 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#10 1 Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13]
#10 1 Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2]
#10 1 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#10 1 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#10 1 Rep. Kevin Cramer [R-ND0]
#10 1 Rep. George Holding [R-NC2]
#10 1 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1]
#10 1 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#10 1 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#34 0 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#34 0 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21]
#34 0 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#34 0 Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL1]
#34 0 Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA4]
#34 0 Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1, 2013-2018]
#34 0 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#34 0 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#34 0 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#34 0 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#34 0 Rep. Ron DeSantis [R-FL6]
#34 0 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#34 0 Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3]
#34 0 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#34 0 Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr [R-KY6]
#34 0 Rep. David Jolly [R-FL13, 2014-2016]
#34 0 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#34 0 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#34 0 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#34 0 Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12]
#34 0 Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]
#34 0 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#34 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#34 0 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#34 0 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#34 0 Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2]
#34 0 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#34 0 Rep. Luke Messer [R-IN6]
#34 0 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6]
#34 0 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#34 0 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ9]
#34 0 Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO8]
#34 0 Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4]
#34 0 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#34 0 Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9]
#34 0 Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC8]
#34 0 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#34 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#34 0 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#34 0 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
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The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.

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.