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2017 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (House) / Powerful 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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Powerful Cosponsors

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2017 that had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Serving 10+ Years (House)
most often
#1 12 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#2 10 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#2 10 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#2 10 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]
#2 10 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#6 9 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#6 9 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#6 9 Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#6 9 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#10 8 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#10 8 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#10 8 Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#13 7 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#13 7 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#13 7 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#13 7 Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018]
#17 6 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#17 6 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#17 6 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#20 5 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#20 5 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#20 5 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#20 5 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#20 5 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#20 5 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#20 5 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#20 5 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#20 5 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#29 4 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#29 4 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#29 4 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#29 4 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#29 4 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#29 4 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#29 4 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#29 4 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#29 4 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#29 4 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#29 4 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#29 4 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#29 4 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#29 4 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#29 4 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#44 3 Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL12]
#44 3 Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]
#44 3 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#44 3 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#44 3 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#44 3 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#44 3 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#44 3 Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5]
#44 3 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#44 3 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#44 3 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#44 3 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#44 3 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#44 3 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#44 3 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#44 3 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#44 3 Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#44 3 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#44 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#44 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#44 3 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#44 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#44 3 Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]
#67 2 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#67 2 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#67 2 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#67 2 Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#67 2 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#67 2 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#67 2 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#67 2 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#67 2 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#67 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#67 2 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R-NJ2, 1995-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#67 2 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#67 2 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#67 2 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#67 2 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-AL3]
#67 2 Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6, 2007-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1]
#67 2 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#67 2 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#67 2 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#67 2 Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
#67 2 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Robert Wittman [R-VA1]
#98 1 Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]
#98 1 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#98 1 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#98 1 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#98 1 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#98 1 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#98 1 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#98 1 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#98 1 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#98 1 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL25]
#98 1 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2, 1988-2018]
#98 1 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#98 1 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#98 1 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#98 1 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#98 1 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#98 1 Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#98 1 Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH4]
#98 1 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#98 1 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#98 1 Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#98 1 Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO5]
#98 1 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#98 1 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#98 1 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#98 1 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#98 1 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#98 1 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#98 1 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#98 1 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#98 1 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#98 1 Rep. Adrian Smith [R-NE3]
#98 1 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#98 1 Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#98 1 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#98 1 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#98 1 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#98 1 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#136 0 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#136 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#136 0 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#136 0 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#136 0 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#136 0 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#136 0 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#136 0 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#136 0 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#136 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#136 0 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#136 0 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11, 1995-2018]
#136 0 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#136 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#136 0 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#136 0 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#136 0 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#136 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#136 0 Rep. Stevan “Steve” Pearce [R-NM2, 2011-2018]
#136 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#136 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#136 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#136 0 Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]
#136 0 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#136 0 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#136 0 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#136 0 Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#136 0 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#136 0 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#136 0 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
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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.