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2017 Report Cards
California Delegation / Bills Out of Committee

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 Out of Committee

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration. Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action.

California Delegation
most often
#1 13 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#2 7 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#2 7 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#4 4 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#4 4 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#4 4 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#7 3 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#7 3 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50, 2013-2020]
#7 3 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#7 3 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]
#11 2 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#11 2 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#11 2 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#11 2 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#11 2 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#11 2 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#11 2 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#11 2 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#19 1 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#19 1 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#19 1 Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10, 2013-2018]
#19 1 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#19 1 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#19 1 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#19 1 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#19 1 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#19 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#19 1 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#19 1 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#30 0 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#30 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#30 0 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#30 0 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#30 0 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#30 0 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#30 0 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#30 0 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#30 0 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#30 0 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#30 0 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#30 0 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#30 0 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#30 0 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#30 0 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#30 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#30 0 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#30 0 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#30 0 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#30 0 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#30 0 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#30 0 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#30 0 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#30 0 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
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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.