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2017 Report Cards
House Sophomores / 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 Sophomores
most bills
#1 495 Rep. Evans [D-PA2]
#2 397 Rep. Lieu [D-CA33]
#3 386 Rep. Moulton [D-MA6]
#4 348 Rep. DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#5 330 Rep. Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#6 303 Rep. Gallego [D-AZ7]
#7 296 Rep. Dingell [D-MI12]
#8 290 Rep. Boyle [D-PA13]
#9 289 Rep. Beyer [D-VA8]
#10 275 Rep. Donovan [R-NY11]
#11 270 Rep. Rice [D-NY4]
#12 257 Rep. Comstock [R-VA10]
#13 241 Rep. Stefanik [R-NY21]
#14 239 Rep. Costello [R-PA6]
#14 239 Rep. Schneider [D-IL10]
#16 235 Rep. Torres [D-CA35]
#17 230 Rep. Norcross [D-NJ1]
#18 229 Rep. Grothman [R-WI6]
#19 225 Rep. Curbelo [R-FL26]
#20 221 Rep. Babin [R-TX36]
#21 217 Rep. Bishop [R-MI8]
#22 206 Rep. Lawrence [D-MI14]
#23 204 Rep. Hice [R-GA10]
#23 204 Rep. Katko [R-NY24]
#25 203 Rep. Zeldin [R-NY1]
#26 201 Rep. Adams [D-NC12]
#27 195 Rep. Young [R-IA3]
#28 189 Rep. Aguilar [D-CA31]
#29 185 Rep. Allen [R-GA12]
#30 180 Rep. Rouzer [R-NC7]
#31 178 Rep. Carter [R-GA1]
#31 178 Rep. Mooney [R-WV2]
#33 174 Rep. Abraham [R-LA5]
#34 173 Rep. Poliquin [R-ME2]
#35 165 Rep. Brat [R-VA7]
#36 163 Rep. Emmer [R-MN6]
#36 163 Rep. Knight [R-CA25]
#38 162 Rep. Bost [R-IL12]
#39 148 Rep. Love [R-UT4]
#40 144 Rep. Westerman [R-AR4]
#41 142 Rep. MacArthur [R-NJ3]
#42 141 Rep. Ratcliffe [R-TX4]
#43 139 Rep. Radewagen [R-AS0]
#44 132 Rep. Loudermilk [R-GA11]
#44 132 Rep. Newhouse [R-WA4]
#46 128 Rep. Moolenaar [R-MI4]
#47 123 Rep. Jenkins [R-WV3]
#48 122 Rep. Kelly [R-MS1]
#49 120 Rep. Hill [R-AR2]
#50 117 Rep. Trott [R-MI11]
#51 113 Rep. LaHood [R-IL18]
#52 112 Rep. McSally [R-AZ2]
#53 109 Rep. Hurd [R-TX23]
#54 103 Rep. Blum [R-IA1]
#54 103 Rep. Walker [R-NC6]
#56 100 Rep. Russell [R-OK5]
#57 96 Rep. Plaskett [D-VI0]
#58 92 Rep. Walters [R-CA45]
#59 82 Rep. Buck [R-CO4]
#60 78 Rep. Davidson [R-OH8]
#61 71 Rep. Palmer [R-AL6]
#62 57 Rep. Graves [R-LA6]
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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 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.