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2017 Report Cards: House Democrats

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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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.

House Democrats
most often
#1 12 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#2 10 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#2 10 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#4 9 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
#4 9 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#4 9 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#7 8 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#7 8 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#9 7 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#9 7 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#11 6 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#11 6 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#11 6 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#11 6 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16]
#15 5 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#15 5 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#15 5 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#15 5 Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5]
#15 5 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#15 5 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#15 5 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#15 5 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#15 5 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#15 5 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#15 5 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#15 5 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#15 5 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#28 4 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#28 4 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#28 4 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#28 4 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#28 4 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA13]
#28 4 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#28 4 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#28 4 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#28 4 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#28 4 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#28 4 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#28 4 Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13]
#28 4 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5]
#28 4 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#28 4 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#28 4 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#28 4 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#28 4 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#28 4 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#28 4 Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL7]
#28 4 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#28 4 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#28 4 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#28 4 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#28 4 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#28 4 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#28 4 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#28 4 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#56 3 Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD4]
#56 3 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#56 3 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#56 3 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#56 3 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#56 3 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#56 3 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#56 3 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#56 3 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#56 3 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#56 3 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1]
#56 3 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#56 3 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#56 3 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#56 3 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#56 3 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2]
#56 3 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#56 3 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#56 3 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#56 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#56 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#56 3 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#56 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#79 2 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#79 2 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#79 2 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#79 2 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#79 2 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#79 2 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#79 2 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#79 2 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#79 2 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14]
#79 2 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#79 2 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#79 2 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5]
#79 2 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#79 2 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#79 2 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#79 2 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4]
#79 2 Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D-HI1]
#79 2 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#79 2 Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA7]
#79 2 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#79 2 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#79 2 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#79 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#79 2 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#79 2 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#79 2 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#79 2 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#79 2 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8]
#79 2 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#79 2 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#79 2 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#79 2 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#79 2 Rep. Jacky Rosen [D-NV3]
#79 2 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#79 2 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#79 2 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#79 2 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1]
#79 2 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#117 1 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#117 1 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#117 1 Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0]
#117 1 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0]
#117 1 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7]
#117 1 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#117 1 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#117 1 Rep. Charlie Crist [D-FL13]
#117 1 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#117 1 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6]
#117 1 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#117 1 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#117 1 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#117 1 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#117 1 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#117 1 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29]
#117 1 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#117 1 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#117 1 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#117 1 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#117 1 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#117 1 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL8]
#117 1 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#117 1 Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4]
#117 1 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#117 1 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#117 1 Rep. Tom O’Halleran [D-AZ1]
#117 1 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#117 1 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#117 1 Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8]
#117 1 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#117 1 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#117 1 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#117 1 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#117 1 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#117 1 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#117 1 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#117 1 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1]
#117 1 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#117 1 Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY3]
#117 1 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#117 1 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3]
#117 1 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#117 1 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#117 1 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#117 1 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#163 0 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#163 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
#163 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#163 0 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#163 0 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#163 0 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#163 0 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#163 0 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#163 0 Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10]
#163 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA14]
#163 0 Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA2]
#163 0 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#163 0 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15]
#163 0 Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ5]
#163 0 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#163 0 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#163 0 Rep. Ruben Kihuen [D-NV4]
#163 0 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#163 0 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#163 0 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#163 0 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#163 0 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#163 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#163 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#163 0 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#163 0 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#163 0 Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0]
#163 0 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#163 0 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#163 0 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ9]
#163 0 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#163 0 Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL9]
#163 0 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#163 0 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#163 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.