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2018 Report Cards
California Delegation / Bills Cosponsored

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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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in the 115th Congress.

California Delegation
most bills
#1 830 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#2 784 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#3 751 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#4 641 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#5 630 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#6 616 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#7 614 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#8 590 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#9 584 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#10 539 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#11 514 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#12 512 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#13 503 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#14 500 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#15 482 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#16 470 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#17 456 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#18 455 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#19 444 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#20 430 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#21 428 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#22 426 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#23 415 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#24 389 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#25 377 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#26 373 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#27 367 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#28 365 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#29 357 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#30 345 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#31 335 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#32 330 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#33 323 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#34 311 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#35 288 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#35 288 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#37 281 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#37 281 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]
#39 261 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#40 244 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#41 236 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#42 230 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#43 212 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#44 204 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50, 2013-2020]
#45 199 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#46 181 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#47 171 Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10, 2013-2018]
#48 155 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#49 152 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#50 145 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#51 100 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#52 61 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#53 22 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
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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.