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2016 Report Cards: California Delegation

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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Powerful Cosponsors

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.

California Delegation
most often
#1 19 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#2 12 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#3 11 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#3 11 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#3 11 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#6 10 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#7 7 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]
#7 7 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#7 7 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#7 7 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#11 6 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#11 6 Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10]
#11 6 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#11 6 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#15 5 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#15 5 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
#17 4 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#17 4 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#17 4 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#17 4 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#17 4 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#17 4 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#23 3 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#23 3 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#23 3 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#23 3 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#23 3 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#23 3 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#23 3 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#30 2 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#30 2 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#30 2 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#30 2 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#30 2 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#30 2 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45]
#30 2 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25]
#30 2 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#30 2 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#30 2 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#30 2 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#30 2 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48]
#30 2 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#43 1 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#43 1 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#43 1 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#46 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#46 0 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#46 0 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#46 0 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#46 0 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#46 0 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21]
#46 0 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
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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.