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2018 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (House) / Ideology Score

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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Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress. The score can be interpreted as a conservative—liberal scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.

Serving 10+ Years (House)
most conservative
#1 1.00 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32, 2003-2018]
#2 0.94 Rep. David “Phil” Roe [R-TN1]
#3 0.93 Rep. Steve King [R-IA4]
#4 0.92 Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22]
#5 0.92 Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]
#6 0.90 Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018]
#7 0.87 Rep. Bill Posey [R-FL8]
#8 0.87 Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
#9 0.86 Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO5]
#10 0.85 Rep. Stevan “Steve” Pearce [R-NM2, 2011-2018]
#11 0.85 Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO3]
#12 0.84 Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]
#13 0.84 Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA15]
#14 0.83 Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC2]
#15 0.83 Rep. Tim Walberg [R-MI7]
#16 0.83 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#17 0.82 Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R-KS2, 2009-2018]
#18 0.81 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3, 2009-2018]
#19 0.81 Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5]
#20 0.80 Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10]
#21 0.80 Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY2]
#22 0.80 Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
#23 0.80 Rep. Walter Jones [R-NC3, 1995-2019]
#24 0.80 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018]
#25 0.80 Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7, 2001-2018]
#26 0.79 Rep. Robert Wittman [R-VA1]
#27 0.79 Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
#28 0.79 Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO6, 2009-2018]
#29 0.79 Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4]
#30 0.79 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3, 1991-2018]
#31 0.78 Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]
#32 0.78 Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL12]
#33 0.75 Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA42]
#34 0.75 Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5, 2003-2018]
#35 0.74 Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]
#36 0.74 Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
#37 0.74 Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]
#38 0.74 Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan [R-TN2, 1988-2018]
#39 0.74 Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
#40 0.74 Rep. Mike Rogers [R-AL3]
#41 0.73 Rep. Thomas Rooney [R-FL17, 2013-2018]
#42 0.73 Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10]
#43 0.72 Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]
#44 0.72 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
#45 0.72 Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH4]
#46 0.71 Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
#47 0.71 Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN3, 2009-2018]
#48 0.71 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#49 0.71 Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3]
#50 0.70 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5]
#51 0.70 Rep. John Carter [R-TX31]
#52 0.70 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#53 0.70 Rep. Adrian Smith [R-NE3]
#54 0.70 Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL15]
#55 0.69 Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6, 2007-2018]
#56 0.68 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
#57 0.68 Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6, 1985-2018]
#58 0.68 Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
#59 0.66 Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018]
#60 0.66 Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]
#61 0.66 Rep. Peter “Pete” King [R-NY2]
#62 0.66 Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49, 2003-2018]
#63 0.65 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA48, 2013-2018]
#64 0.65 Rep. Leonard Lance [R-NJ7, 2009-2018]
#65 0.65 Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]
#66 0.65 Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX12]
#67 0.65 Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX13]
#68 0.64 Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
#69 0.64 Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]
#70 0.64 Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5]
#71 0.64 Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018]
#72 0.63 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#73 0.63 Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]
#74 0.62 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL25]
#75 0.62 Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
#76 0.62 Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1]
#77 0.61 Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R-NJ2, 1995-2018]
#78 0.61 Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
#79 0.59 Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10]
#80 0.59 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11, 1995-2018]
#81 0.59 Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018]
#82 0.57 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]
#83 0.57 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#84 0.52 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#85 0.52 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#86 0.50 Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
#87 0.46 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#88 0.46 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1, 1999-2018]
#89 0.46 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#90 0.45 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#91 0.45 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#92 0.45 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#93 0.45 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#94 0.44 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#95 0.44 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#96 0.43 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#97 0.42 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#98 0.41 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#99 0.40 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#100 0.40 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#101 0.39 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#102 0.39 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#103 0.39 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#104 0.39 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#105 0.38 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#106 0.38 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#107 0.38 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#108 0.37 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#109 0.37 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#110 0.36 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#111 0.36 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#112 0.36 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#113 0.35 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#114 0.35 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#115 0.34 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#116 0.34 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#117 0.34 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#118 0.33 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#119 0.33 Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0]
#120 0.33 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#121 0.33 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#122 0.32 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#123 0.32 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#124 0.32 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#125 0.31 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#126 0.31 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#127 0.31 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#128 0.31 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#129 0.31 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#130 0.30 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#131 0.30 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#132 0.30 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#133 0.30 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#134 0.30 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#135 0.30 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#136 0.30 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#137 0.30 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#138 0.29 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#139 0.29 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#140 0.29 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#141 0.29 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#142 0.28 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#143 0.28 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#144 0.28 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#145 0.28 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#146 0.28 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#147 0.27 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#148 0.27 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#149 0.26 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#150 0.26 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#151 0.26 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#152 0.25 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#153 0.25 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#154 0.25 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#155 0.24 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#156 0.24 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#157 0.24 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#158 0.23 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#159 0.22 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#160 0.22 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#161 0.22 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#162 0.22 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#163 0.22 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#164 0.22 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#165 0.22 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#166 0.21 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#167 0.20 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#168 0.20 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#169 0.20 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#170 0.20 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#171 0.19 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#172 0.19 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#173 0.18 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#174 0.18 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#175 0.17 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#176 0.15 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#177 0.15 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#178 0.15 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#179 0.15 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#180 0.15 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#181 0.14 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#182 0.12 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#183 0.11 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#184 0.10 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#185 0.06 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#186 0.01 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#187 0.00 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
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For more, see our methodology. An ideology score is not computed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills or who have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable statistics. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.

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.