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2017 Report Cards
House Freshmen / Bills Cosponsored

These special year-end statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017), looking at Members who served at the end of that period. This page was last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 2017.

House Freshmen
most bills
#1 526 Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8]
#2 427 Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL9]
#3 400 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#4 385 Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA7]
#5 287 Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV]
#6 274 Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick [R-PA1]
#7 266 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#8 258 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#8 258 Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13]
#10 214 Rep. Tom O’Halleran [D-AZ1]
#11 211 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#12 208 Rep. Charlie Crist [D-FL13]
#13 206 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15]
#14 204 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#15 197 Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0]
#16 196 Rep. Don Bacon [R-NE2]
#17 194 Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY3]
#18 191 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL8]
#19 186 Rep. Matt Gaetz [R-FL1]
#19 186 Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL7]
#21 184 Rep. John Faso [R-NY19, 2017-2018]
#22 182 Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD4]
#23 179 Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10]
#24 177 Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4]
#25 176 Rep. Ruben Kihuen [D-NV4, 2017-2018]
#26 175 Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5]
#27 171 Rep. Claudia Tenney [R-NY22, 2017-2018]
#28 169 Rep. Thomas Garrett [R-VA5, 2017-2018]
#28 169 Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ5]
#30 168 Rep. Roger Marshall [R-KS1]
#31 166 Rep. Jim Banks [R-IN3]
#32 145 Rep. Andy Biggs [R-AZ5]
#32 145 Rep. Mike Gallagher [R-WI8]
#34 138 Rep. Brian Mast [R-FL18]
#34 138 Rep. Paul Mitchell [R-MI10]
#34 138 Rep. Lloyd Smucker [R-PA11]
#37 137 Rep. Neal Dunn [R-FL2]
#38 131 Rep. Ralph Norman [R-SC5]
#39 128 Rep. Ted Budd [R-NC13]
#39 128 Rep. Francis Rooney [R-FL19]
#41 126 Rep. John Rutherford [R-FL4]
#42 122 Rep. Drew Ferguson [R-GA3]
#43 121 Rep. Jodey Arrington [R-TX19]
#44 116 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#45 110 Rep. Jack Bergman [R-MI1]
#46 101 Commish. Jenniffer González-Colón [R-PR0]
#47 97 Rep. Clay Higgins [R-LA3]
#48 90 Rep. James Comer [R-KY1]
#49 84 Rep. Trey Hollingsworth [R-IN9]
#50 82 Rep. Mike Johnson [R-LA4]
#50 82 Rep. Jason Lewis [R-MN2, 2017-2018]
#52 75 Rep. Scott Taylor [R-VA2, 2017-2018]
#53 69 Rep. David Kustoff [R-TN8]
#54 67 Rep. Ron Estes [R-KS4]
#55 62 Rep. Liz Cheney [R-WY0]
#56 42 Rep. Greg Gianforte [R-MT0]
#57 34 Rep. Karen Handel [R-GA6, 2017-2018]
#58 13 Rep. John Curtis [R-UT3]
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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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.