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2018 Report Cards
California Delegation / 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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Cosponsors

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

California Delegation
most cosponsors
#1 1686 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#2 1217 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#3 907 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#4 851 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#5 843 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#6 826 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#7 818 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#8 785 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#9 730 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#10 720 Rep. Jeff Denham [R-CA10, 2013-2018]
#11 653 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#12 646 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#13 643 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#14 561 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#15 546 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#16 544 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#17 526 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#18 490 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#19 433 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#20 401 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#21 381 Rep. David Valadao [R-CA21, 2013-2018]
#22 362 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#23 358 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#24 325 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#25 316 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#26 303 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#26 303 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]
#28 290 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#29 285 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#30 269 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#31 255 Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1]
#32 245 Rep. Steve Knight [R-CA25, 2015-2018]
#33 242 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#34 235 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#35 211 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#36 203 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#37 193 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#38 174 Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA8]
#39 166 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#40 153 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#41 152 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#42 148 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#43 118 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#44 117 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#45 110 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#46 95 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#47 89 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#48 84 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#49 63 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#50 39 Rep. Mimi Walters [R-CA45, 2015-2018]
#51 38 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#52 17 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#53 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
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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.