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2017 Report Cards
California Delegation / 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.

California Delegation
most cosponsors
#1 1082 Rep. Royce [R-CA39]
#2 818 Rep. Lee [D-CA13]
#3 648 Rep. Speier [D-CA14]
#4 644 Rep. Waters [D-CA43]
#5 604 Rep. Huffman [D-CA2]
#6 591 Rep. Lofgren [D-CA19]
#6 591 Rep. Thompson [D-CA5]
#8 572 Rep. Lieu [D-CA33]
#9 505 Rep. Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#10 469 Rep. Davis [D-CA53]
#11 450 Rep. Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#12 410 Rep. Bass [D-CA37]
#13 381 Rep. McCarthy [R-CA23]
#14 371 Rep. Valadao [R-CA21]
#15 346 Rep. Denham [R-CA10]
#16 329 Rep. Issa [R-CA49]
#16 329 Rep. Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#18 298 Rep. Swalwell [D-CA15]
#19 284 Rep. Sánchez [D-CA38]
#20 259 Rep. Chu [D-CA27]
#21 214 Rep. Takano [D-CA41]
#22 195 Rep. Ruiz [D-CA36]
#23 192 Rep. Schiff [D-CA28]
#24 178 Rep. Eshoo [D-CA18]
#25 162 Rep. Hunter [R-CA50]
#25 162 Rep. McClintock [R-CA4]
#27 160 Rep. Brownley [D-CA26]
#28 157 Rep. Correa [D-CA46]
#29 151 Rep. Carbajal [D-CA24]
#30 150 Rep. Calvert [R-CA42]
#31 141 Rep. Torres [D-CA35]
#32 134 Rep. LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#33 133 Rep. Knight [R-CA25]
#34 132 Rep. Cook [R-CA8]
#34 132 Rep. Khanna [D-CA17]
#36 113 Rep. DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#37 97 Rep. Nunes [R-CA22]
#38 95 Rep. Garamendi [D-CA3]
#39 90 Rep. Aguilar [D-CA31]
#40 87 Rep. Sherman [D-CA30]
#41 81 Rep. Peters [D-CA52]
#42 68 Rep. Napolitano [D-CA32]
#43 67 Rep. Barragán [D-CA44]
#44 57 Rep. Vargas [D-CA51]
#45 45 Rep. Rohrabacher [R-CA48]
#46 37 Rep. McNerney [D-CA9]
#47 28 Rep. Walters [R-CA45]
#48 15 Rep. Bera [D-CA7]
#49 12 Rep. Costa [D-CA16]
#50 11 Rep. Matsui [D-CA6]
#51 9 Rep. Panetta [D-CA20]
#52 0 Rep. Gomez [D-CA34]
#52 0 Rep. Pelosi [D-CA12]
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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.