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2017 Report Cards: California Delegation

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.

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Joining Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the percent of bills cosponsored by each legislator which were introduced by a member of the other party.

California Delegation
most often
#1 52.1% Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#2 41.6% Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#3 40.8% Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#4 40.4% Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#5 38.2% Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#6 36.9% Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#7 34.3% Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#8 33.8% Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#9 32.8% Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#10 32.7% Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#11 31.5% Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#12 29.9% Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#13 29.6% Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#14 29.5% Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#15 28.5% Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#16 28.4% Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#17 28.4% Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#18 26.7% Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#19 26.6% Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#20 26.4% Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#21 26.4% Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
#22 25.9% Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#23 25.4% Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#24 25.3% Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#25 24.9% Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#26 24.7% Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#27 24.5% Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#28 23.9% Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#29 23.8% Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
#30 23.3% Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#31 23.1% Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10]
#32 23.0% Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#33 22.7% Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#34 21.7% Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#35 21.6% Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#36 21.3% Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#37 21.2% Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48]
#38 21.1% Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#39 20.9% Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#40 19.8% Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#41 18.9% Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#42 18.6% Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21]
#43 17.2% Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#44 16.6% Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25]
#45 15.2% Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45]
#46 15.0% Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#47 14.3% Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]
#48 11.8% Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#49 11.5% Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#50 10.0% Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#51 9.9% Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#52 9.1% Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#52 9.1% Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
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Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

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.