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2018 Report Cards
House Sophomores / Cosponsors

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019), as of Jan 20, 2019.

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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The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in the 115th Congress.

House Sophomores
most cosponsors
#1 818 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#2 809 Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21]
#3 792 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#4 641 Rep. Mike Bishop [R-MI8, 2015-2018]
#5 640 Sen. Martha McSally [R-AZ]
#6 469 Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY1]
#7 468 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#8 456 Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA10, 2015-2018]
#9 454 Rep. Bradley “Brad” Schneider [D-IL10]
#10 445 Rep. John Katko [R-NY24]
#11 425 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#12 414 Rep. Buddy Carter [R-GA1]
#13 375 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#14 363 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
#15 343 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#16 319 Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL6]
#17 310 Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R-FL26, 2015-2018]
#18 293 Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA4]
#19 289 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#20 287 Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL18]
#21 266 Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7, 2014-2018]
#22 245 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#23 242 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#24 233 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#25 211 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#26 206 Rep. Tom MacArthur [R-NJ3, 2015-2018]
#27 204 Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA6]
#28 200 Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6]
#29 196 Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018]
#30 195 Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
#31 193 Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4, 2015-2020]
#32 188 Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10]
#33 186 Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R-GA11]
#34 169 Rep. Alex Mooney [R-WV2]
#35 168 Rep. Warren Davidson [R-OH8]
#36 161 Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL12]
#37 157 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#37 157 Rep. Dave Trott [R-MI11, 2015-2018]
#39 155 Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI6]
#40 142 Rep. French Hill [R-AR2]
#41 137 Rep. Daniel Donovan [R-NY11, 2015-2018]
#42 133 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#43 129 Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR4]
#44 122 Rep. Ralph Abraham [R-LA5]
#45 118 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#46 110 Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN6]
#47 106 Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5, 2015-2018]
#48 100 Rep. Mia Love [R-UT4, 2015-2018]
#49 83 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#50 75 Rep. Trent Kelly [R-MS1]
#51 70 Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO4]
#52 56 Rep. Ryan Costello [R-PA6, 2015-2018]
#53 46 Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC7]
#54 45 Rep. Rod Blum [R-IA1, 2015-2018]
#55 42 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#56 39 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#57 35 Rep. Rick Allen [R-GA12]
#57 35 Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R-ME2, 2015-2018]
#59 26 Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI4]
#60 13 Rep. Aumua Amata [R-AS0]
#61 9 Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA3]
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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 the 115th Congress) 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.