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2017 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (House) / Government Transparency

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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Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of the government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills that we identified in 2017. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Serving 10+ Years (House)
most often
#1 7 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#2 6 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#2 6 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#4 5 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#4 5 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#6 4 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#6 4 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#6 4 Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#6 4 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#6 4 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#6 4 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#12 3 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#12 3 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#12 3 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#12 3 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2, 1988-2018]
#12 3 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#12 3 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#12 3 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#12 3 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#12 3 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#12 3 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#12 3 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#12 3 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#12 3 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#12 3 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#12 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#12 3 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#28 2 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#28 2 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#28 2 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#28 2 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#28 2 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#28 2 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#28 2 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#28 2 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#28 2 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#28 2 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#28 2 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#28 2 Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH4]
#28 2 Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#28 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#28 2 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#28 2 Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5]
#28 2 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#28 2 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#28 2 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#28 2 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#28 2 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#28 2 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#28 2 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Stevan “Steve” Pearce [R-NM2, 2011-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#28 2 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#28 2 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#28 2 Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#28 2 Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]
#28 2 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#28 2 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#28 2 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#28 2 Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#28 2 Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#28 2 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#28 2 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#28 2 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#28 2 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#28 2 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#28 2 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#28 2 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#28 2 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#76 1 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#76 1 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#76 1 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#76 1 Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]
#76 1 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#76 1 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#76 1 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#76 1 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#76 1 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#76 1 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#76 1 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#76 1 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11, 1995-2018]
#76 1 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#76 1 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#76 1 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#76 1 Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#76 1 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#76 1 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#76 1 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#76 1 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#76 1 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#76 1 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#76 1 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#76 1 Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6, 2007-2018]
#76 1 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#76 1 Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1]
#76 1 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#76 1 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#76 1 Rep. Adrian Smith [R-NE3]
#76 1 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#76 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#76 1 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#76 1 Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#76 1 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#76 1 Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
#76 1 Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]
#112 0 Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]
#112 0 Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL12]
#112 0 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#112 0 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#112 0 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#112 0 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#112 0 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#112 0 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#112 0 Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#112 0 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#112 0 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#112 0 Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL25]
#112 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#112 0 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#112 0 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#112 0 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#112 0 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#112 0 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#112 0 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#112 0 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#112 0 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO5]
#112 0 Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R-NJ2, 1995-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#112 0 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#112 0 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#112 0 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#112 0 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#112 0 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#112 0 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#112 0 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#112 0 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#112 0 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#112 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#112 0 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#112 0 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-AL3]
#112 0 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#112 0 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 2015-2018]
#112 0 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#112 0 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#112 0 Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#112 0 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#112 0 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#112 0 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#112 0 Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi [R-OH12, 2001-2018]
#112 0 Rep. Robert Wittman [R-VA1]
#112 0 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
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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.