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2016 Report Cards
California Delegation / Cosponsors

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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The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in the 114th Congress.

California Delegation
most cosponsors
#1 956 Rep. Speier [D-CA14]
#2 950 Rep. Honda [D-CA17]
#3 856 Rep. Lee [D-CA13]
#4 834 Rep. Thompson [D-CA5]
#5 783 Rep. Waters [D-CA43]
#6 725 Rep. Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#7 703 Rep. Royce [R-CA39]
#8 580 Rep. Davis [D-CA53]
#9 516 Rep. Capps [D-CA24]
#10 511 Rep. Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#11 494 Rep. Sánchez [D-CA38]
#12 452 Rep. Huffman [D-CA2]
#13 451 Rep. Bass [D-CA37]
#14 419 Rep. Chu [D-CA27]
#15 392 Rep. Lieu [D-CA33]
#15 392 Rep. Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#17 390 Rep. Lofgren [D-CA19]
#18 350 Rep. Nunes [R-CA22]
#19 345 Rep. Schiff [D-CA28]
#20 300 Rep. Takano [D-CA41]
#21 289 Rep. Hunter [R-CA50]
#22 282 Rep. Issa [R-CA49]
#23 276 Rep. Peters [D-CA52]
#24 218 Rep. Brownley [D-CA26]
#25 188 Rep. Eshoo [D-CA18]
#26 182 Rep. Denham [R-CA10]
#27 178 Rep. McClintock [R-CA4]
#28 177 Rep. DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#29 170 Rep. Becerra [D-CA34]
#30 167 Rep. Valadao [R-CA21]
#31 138 Rep. Ruiz [D-CA36]
#32 131 Rep. Rohrabacher [R-CA48]
#33 130 Rep. Sanchez [D-CA46]
#34 128 Rep. Napolitano [D-CA32]
#35 106 Rep. Walters [R-CA45]
#36 105 Rep. McNerney [D-CA9]
#37 102 Rep. LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#38 98 Rep. Vargas [D-CA51]
#39 95 Rep. Calvert [R-CA42]
#39 95 Rep. Sherman [D-CA30]
#41 89 Rep. Garamendi [D-CA3]
#42 82 Rep. Cook [R-CA8]
#43 76 Rep. Knight [R-CA25]
#44 75 Rep. Matsui [D-CA6]
#44 75 Rep. Swalwell [D-CA15]
#46 52 Rep. Bera [D-CA7]
#47 50 Rep. McCarthy [R-CA23]
#48 48 Rep. Farr [D-CA20]
#49 47 Rep. Aguilar [D-CA31]
#50 22 Rep. Torres [D-CA35]
#51 19 Rep. Costa [D-CA16]
#52 6 Rep. Pelosi [D-CA12]
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Additional Notes

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.