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2017 Report Cards
House Sophomores / Cosponsors

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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Cosponsors

The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in 2017.

House Sophomores
most cosponsors
#1 712 Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21]
#2 572 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#3 520 Sen. Martha McSally [R-AZ]
#4 392 Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA10, 2015-2018]
#5 373 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#6 331 Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY1]
#7 314 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#8 303 Rep. John Katko [R-NY24]
#9 250 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#10 249 Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL6]
#11 247 Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R-FL26, 2015-2018]
#12 242 Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA4]
#13 240 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#14 219 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#15 200 Rep. Buddy Carter [R-GA1]
#16 187 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#17 172 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#18 163 Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7, 2014-2018]
#19 160 Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA6]
#20 157 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4]
#21 156 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#22 141 Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL18]
#22 141 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#24 140 Rep. Warren Davidson [R-OH8]
#25 139 Rep. Dave Trott [R-MI11, 2015-2018]
#26 136 Rep. Evan Jenkins [R-WV3, 2015-2018]
#27 133 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#28 130 Rep. Alex Mooney [R-WV2]
#29 124 Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10]
#30 113 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#31 112 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#32 101 Rep. Mike Bishop [R-MI8, 2015-2018]
#33 98 Rep. Ralph Abraham [R-LA5]
#34 90 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#34 90 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
#34 90 Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R-GA11]
#37 86 Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL12]
#38 83 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#39 79 Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018]
#40 78 Rep. Mia Love [R-UT4, 2015-2018]
#41 76 Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6]
#42 72 Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI6]
#43 69 Rep. Daniel Donovan [R-NY11, 2015-2018]
#43 69 Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN6]
#43 69 Rep. French Hill [R-AR2]
#46 59 Rep. Tom MacArthur [R-NJ3, 2015-2018]
#47 58 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#48 50 Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO4]
#49 46 Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5, 2015-2018]
#50 45 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#51 38 Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC7]
#52 35 Rep. Rick Allen [R-GA12]
#53 34 Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R-ME2, 2015-2018]
#54 30 Rep. Ryan Costello [R-PA6, 2015-2018]
#55 28 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#56 25 Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR4]
#57 17 Rep. Rod Blum [R-IA1, 2015-2018]
#58 16 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#59 9 Rep. Aumua Amata [R-AS0]
#60 5 Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA3]
#61 3 Rep. Trent Kelly [R-MS1]
#61 3 Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI4]
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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.