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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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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.

California Delegation
most bills
#1 13 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#2 9 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#3 6 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#4 5 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#4 5 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#6 4 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#6 4 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#6 4 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#6 4 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#6 4 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#11 3 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#11 3 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#11 3 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#11 3 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#11 3 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#11 3 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]
#11 3 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
#11 3 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#11 3 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#11 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#21 2 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#21 2 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#21 2 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#21 2 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#21 2 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#26 1 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#26 1 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#26 1 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#26 1 Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10]
#26 1 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#26 1 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#26 1 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#26 1 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#26 1 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#26 1 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#26 1 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#26 1 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#26 1 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#26 1 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#26 1 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#26 1 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#26 1 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21]
#43 0 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#43 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#43 0 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#43 0 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#43 0 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25]
#43 0 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#43 0 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48]
#43 0 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#43 0 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#43 0 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45]
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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.