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2016 Report Cards
California Delegation / Bills Cosponsored

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.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make a legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of legislating and make your own judgements based on what legislative activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in the 114th Congress.

California Delegation
most bills
#1 801 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#2 781 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#3 655 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#4 653 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#5 652 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#6 649 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#7 584 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#8 575 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#9 559 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#10 553 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#11 546 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#12 519 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#13 479 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#14 476 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#15 440 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#16 427 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#16 427 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#18 410 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#19 409 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#20 393 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#21 383 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#22 372 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#23 342 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#24 330 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#25 322 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#26 301 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#27 298 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#28 291 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8, 2013-2020]
#29 290 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53, 2003-2020]
#30 280 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#31 279 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#32 274 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#32 274 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#34 253 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#35 251 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#35 251 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21]
#37 227 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#38 225 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#39 223 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#40 218 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50, 2013-2020]
#41 216 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#42 206 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#43 199 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#44 198 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#45 193 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#46 189 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#47 167 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#48 158 Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10, 2013-2018]
#49 155 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA50]
#50 142 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#51 61 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#52 14 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
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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.