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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. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#4 9 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
#4 9 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#7 8 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#7 8 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#9 7 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#9 7 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#11 6 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#11 6 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#11 6 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#11 6 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16]
#15 5 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#15 5 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#15 5 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#15 5 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#15 5 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#15 5 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#15 5 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#15 5 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#15 5 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#15 5 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#15 5 Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5]
#15 5 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#15 5 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#28 4 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#28 4 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#28 4 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#28 4 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5]
#28 4 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#28 4 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#28 4 Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13]
#28 4 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#28 4 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#28 4 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#28 4 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#28 4 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#28 4 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#28 4 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#28 4 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA13]
#28 4 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#28 4 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#28 4 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#28 4 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#28 4 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#28 4 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#28 4 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#28 4 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#28 4 Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL7]
#28 4 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#28 4 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#28 4 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#28 4 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#56 3 Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D-NM1]
#56 3 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#56 3 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#56 3 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#56 3 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#56 3 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#56 3 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#56 3 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#56 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#56 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#56 3 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#56 3 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#56 3 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#56 3 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#56 3 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#56 3 Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD4]
#56 3 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#56 3 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#56 3 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#56 3 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#56 3 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#56 3 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2]
#56 3 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#79 2 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#79 2 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#79 2 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#79 2 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#79 2 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4]
#79 2 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#79 2 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#79 2 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#79 2 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#79 2 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#79 2 Rep. Jacky Rosen [D-NV3]
#79 2 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#79 2 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1]
#79 2 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5]
#79 2 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#79 2 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#79 2 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#79 2 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#79 2 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#79 2 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#79 2 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#79 2 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#79 2 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#79 2 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8]
#79 2 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#79 2 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14]
#79 2 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#79 2 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#79 2 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#79 2 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#79 2 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#79 2 Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA7]
#79 2 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#79 2 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9]
#79 2 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#79 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#79 2 Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D-HI1]
#79 2 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#117 1 Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4]
#117 1 Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY3]
#117 1 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#117 1 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#117 1 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0]
#117 1 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#117 1 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#117 1 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#117 1 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#117 1 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29]
#117 1 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#117 1 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#117 1 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#117 1 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#117 1 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6]
#117 1 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#117 1 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#117 1 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#117 1 Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0]
#117 1 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#117 1 Rep. Tom O’Halleran [D-AZ1]
#117 1 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#117 1 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#117 1 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#117 1 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1]
#117 1 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#117 1 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#117 1 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#117 1 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#117 1 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#117 1 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#117 1 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#117 1 Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8]
#117 1 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL8]
#117 1 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#117 1 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#117 1 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#117 1 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#117 1 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#117 1 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#117 1 Rep. Charlie Crist [D-FL13]
#117 1 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#117 1 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7]
#117 1 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3]
#117 1 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#117 1 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#163 0 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#163 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#163 0 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#163 0 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#163 0 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#163 0 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#163 0 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#163 0 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1]
#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. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#163 0 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#163 0 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15]
#163 0 Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ5]
#163 0 Rep. Ruben Kihuen [D-NV4]
#163 0 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#163 0 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#163 0 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#163 0 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#163 0 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#163 0 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#163 0 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ9]
#163 0 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#163 0 Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018]
#163 0 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#163 0 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#163 0 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#163 0 Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL9]
#163 0 Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10]
#163 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA14]
#163 0 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#163 0 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#163 0 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#163 0 Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA2]
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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.