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2016 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (House) / Government Transparency

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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Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of the government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills that we identified in the 114th Congress. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Serving 10+ Years (House)
most often
#1 12 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#2 11 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#2 11 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#4 10 Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#5 9 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#5 9 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#7 8 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#7 8 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#7 8 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#7 8 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#11 7 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#11 7 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#11 7 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#11 7 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#11 7 Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]
#11 7 Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY3, 2013-2016]
#11 7 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#11 7 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#11 7 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#11 7 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#21 6 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#21 6 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#21 6 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#24 5 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#24 5 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#24 5 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#24 5 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#24 5 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#24 5 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#24 5 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#24 5 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#24 5 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#24 5 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#34 4 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2, 1988-2018]
#34 4 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#34 4 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#34 4 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#34 4 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#34 4 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#34 4 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#34 4 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#34 4 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#34 4 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#34 4 Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13, 2013-2016]
#34 4 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#34 4 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#34 4 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#34 4 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#49 3 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#49 3 Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]
#49 3 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#49 3 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#49 3 Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]
#49 3 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#49 3 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#49 3 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#49 3 Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA20, 2013-2016]
#49 3 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#49 3 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#49 3 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#49 3 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#49 3 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#49 3 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#49 3 Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7, 1989-2016]
#49 3 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#49 3 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#49 3 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#49 3 Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6, 2007-2018]
#49 3 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#49 3 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#71 2 Rep. Xavier Becerra [D-CA34, 2013-2017]
#71 2 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#71 2 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#71 2 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#71 2 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#71 2 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#71 2 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#71 2 Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8, 2013-2017]
#71 2 Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX15, 1997-2016]
#71 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#71 2 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#71 2 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#71 2 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#71 2 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#71 2 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#71 2 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#71 2 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#71 2 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#71 2 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#71 2 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#71 2 Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]
#71 2 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#71 2 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#94 1 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#94 1 Rep. Corrine Brown [D-FL5, 2013-2016]
#94 1 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#94 1 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#94 1 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#94 1 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#94 1 Rep. Scott Garrett [R-NJ5, 2003-2016]
#94 1 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#94 1 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#94 1 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#94 1 Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO5]
#94 1 Rep. Jeff Miller [R-FL1, 2001-2016]
#94 1 Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA18, 2003-2017]
#94 1 Rep. Stevan “Steve” Pearce [R-NM2, 2011-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#94 1 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Matt Salmon [R-AZ5, 2013-2016]
#94 1 Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#94 1 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#94 1 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#94 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#94 1 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#94 1 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#94 1 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#94 1 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#94 1 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#94 1 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R-GA3, 2007-2016]
#94 1 Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]
#127 0 Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]
#127 0 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL12]
#127 0 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#127 0 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Charles Boustany [R-LA3, 2013-2016]
#127 0 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#127 0 Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]
#127 0 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#127 0 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#127 0 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#127 0 Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#127 0 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#127 0 Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R-FL4, 2001-2016]
#127 0 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#127 0 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL25]
#127 0 Rep. Randy Forbes [R-VA4, 2001-2016]
#127 0 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#127 0 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#127 0 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11, 1995-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#127 0 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH4]
#127 0 Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#127 0 Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#127 0 Rep. John Kline [R-MN2, 2003-2016]
#127 0 Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R-NJ2, 1995-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#127 0 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#127 0 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#127 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#127 0 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#127 0 Rep. John Mica [R-FL7, 1993-2016]
#127 0 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#127 0 Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19, 2003-2016]
#127 0 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#127 0 Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16, 1997-2016]
#127 0 Rep. Tom Price [R-GA6, 2005-2017]
#127 0 Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#127 0 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-AL3]
#127 0 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D-CA46, 2013-2016]
#127 0 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#127 0 Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#127 0 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#127 0 Rep. Adrian Smith [R-NE3]
#127 0 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#127 0 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#127 0 Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018]
#127 0 Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#127 0 Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
#127 0 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#127 0 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
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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.