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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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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 the 114th Congress 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 Sophomores
most bills
#1 10 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#2 9 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
#2 9 Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2]
#4 8 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#5 7 Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#5 7 Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13]
#5 7 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5]
#8 6 Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2]
#8 6 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#8 6 Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC11]
#8 6 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#8 6 Rep. Patrick Murphy [D-FL18, 2013-2016]
#13 5 Rep. David Jolly [R-FL13, 2014-2016]
#13 5 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#13 5 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#16 4 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#16 4 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#16 4 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#16 4 Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]
#16 4 Rep. David Joyce [R-OH14]
#16 4 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#16 4 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#16 4 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#16 4 Rep. Bob Dold [R-IL10, 2015-2016]
#25 3 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#25 3 Rep. Luke Messer [R-IN6]
#25 3 Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr [R-KY6]
#25 3 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#25 3 Rep. Kevin Cramer [R-ND0]
#25 3 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1]
#25 3 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#25 3 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#25 3 Rep. Ron DeSantis [R-FL6]
#34 2 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#34 2 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16]
#34 2 Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX14]
#34 2 Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27]
#34 2 Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2]
#34 2 Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9]
#34 2 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#34 2 Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL1]
#34 2 Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1]
#34 2 Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL3]
#34 2 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#45 1 Rep. Frank Guinta [R-NH1, 2015-2016]
#45 1 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#45 1 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#45 1 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6]
#45 1 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ9]
#45 1 Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO8]
#45 1 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#45 1 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#45 1 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#45 1 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#45 1 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21]
#45 1 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#45 1 Rep. Curtis “Curt” Clawson [R-FL19, 2014-2016]
#45 1 Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA4]
#45 1 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#45 1 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#61 0 Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]
#61 0 Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12]
#61 0 Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]
#61 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#61 0 Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5]
#61 0 Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4]
#61 0 Rep. George Holding [R-NC2]
#61 0 Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC8]
#61 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#61 0 Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]
#61 0 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#61 0 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#61 0 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
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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 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.