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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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The number of bills that each legislator introduced in the 114th Congress 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 Sophomores
most often
#1 14 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
#2 11 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#3 10 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#3 10 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#5 9 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#6 8 Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#6 8 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#8 7 Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27]
#8 7 Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA4]
#8 7 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#11 6 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#12 5 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#12 5 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#12 5 Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]
#12 5 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#12 5 Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2]
#12 5 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#18 4 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#18 4 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5]
#18 4 Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3]
#18 4 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16]
#18 4 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#18 4 Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5]
#18 4 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#18 4 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#18 4 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#18 4 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#18 4 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#18 4 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#18 4 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#18 4 Rep. Luke Messer [R-IN6]
#18 4 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#18 4 Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC8]
#34 3 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#34 3 Rep. Frank Guinta [R-NH1, 2015-2016]
#34 3 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#34 3 Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13]
#34 3 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#34 3 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#34 3 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#34 3 Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1, 2013-2018]
#34 3 Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2]
#34 3 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6]
#34 3 Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9]
#45 2 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#45 2 Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL1]
#45 2 Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#45 2 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#45 2 Rep. Bob Dold [R-IL10, 2015-2016]
#45 2 Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2]
#45 2 Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr [R-KY6]
#45 2 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#45 2 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ9]
#45 2 Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4]
#45 2 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#45 2 Rep. Kevin Cramer [R-ND0]
#45 2 Rep. George Holding [R-NC2]
#58 1 Rep. David Jolly [R-FL13, 2014-2016]
#58 1 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#58 1 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#58 1 Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12]
#58 1 Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]
#58 1 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1]
#58 1 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#58 1 Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO8]
#66 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#66 0 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21]
#66 0 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#66 0 Rep. Curtis “Curt” Clawson [R-FL19, 2014-2016]
#66 0 Rep. David Joyce [R-OH14]
#66 0 Rep. Ron DeSantis [R-FL6]
#66 0 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#66 0 Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]
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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.