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2018 Report Cards
House Democrats / Writing Bipartisan Bills

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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Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in the 115th Congress which had a cosponsor from the other political party than the party the legislator caucused with.

House Democrats
most bills
#1 32 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#2 26 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#3 24 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#4 23 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#5 21 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#6 19 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#6 19 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#6 19 Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ5]
#6 19 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#6 19 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#11 18 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#11 18 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#11 18 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#11 18 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#11 18 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#16 17 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#16 17 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#16 17 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#16 17 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#16 17 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#16 17 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#22 16 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#22 16 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#22 16 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#22 16 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#26 15 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#26 15 Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV]
#26 15 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#29 14 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#29 14 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#29 14 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#32 13 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#32 13 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#32 13 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#32 13 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#32 13 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#32 13 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#32 13 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#39 12 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#39 12 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#39 12 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#39 12 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#39 12 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#44 11 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#44 11 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#44 11 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#44 11 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#44 11 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#44 11 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#44 11 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#44 11 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#44 11 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#44 11 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#54 10 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#54 10 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#54 10 Rep. Charlie Crist [D-FL13]
#54 10 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#54 10 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#54 10 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#54 10 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#54 10 Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL7]
#54 10 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#54 10 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#54 10 Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL9]
#65 9 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#65 9 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#65 9 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#65 9 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#65 9 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#65 9 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#65 9 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#65 9 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#65 9 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#65 9 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#65 9 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#65 9 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#65 9 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#65 9 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#65 9 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#65 9 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#81 8 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#81 8 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#81 8 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#81 8 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#81 8 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#81 8 Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13]
#81 8 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#81 8 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#81 8 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#81 8 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#81 8 Rep. Tom O’Halleran [D-AZ1]
#81 8 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#81 8 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#81 8 Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY3]
#81 8 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#96 7 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#96 7 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#96 7 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#96 7 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#96 7 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#96 7 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#96 7 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#96 7 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#96 7 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#96 7 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#96 7 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018]
#96 7 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#96 7 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#109 6 Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD4]
#109 6 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#109 6 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7]
#109 6 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15]
#109 6 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#109 6 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#109 6 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#109 6 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#109 6 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#109 6 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#109 6 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#109 6 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#109 6 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#109 6 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#123 5 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#123 5 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#123 5 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#123 5 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#123 5 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#123 5 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#123 5 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#123 5 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#123 5 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#123 5 Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4]
#123 5 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#123 5 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#123 5 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#123 5 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#123 5 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#123 5 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#123 5 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#123 5 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#123 5 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#123 5 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#123 5 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#123 5 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#145 4 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#145 4 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#145 4 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#145 4 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#145 4 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#145 4 Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA3]
#145 4 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#145 4 Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D-HI1, 2016-2018]
#145 4 Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA7]
#145 4 Rep. Ruben Kihuen [D-NV4, 2017-2018]
#145 4 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL8]
#145 4 Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA17]
#145 4 Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5]
#145 4 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#145 4 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#145 4 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#145 4 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#145 4 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#145 4 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#145 4 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#165 3 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#165 3 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#165 3 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#165 3 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#165 3 Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10]
#165 3 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#165 3 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#165 3 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#165 3 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#165 3 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#165 3 Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8]
#165 3 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#165 3 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#165 3 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#165 3 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#165 3 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#181 2 Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0]
#181 2 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#181 2 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#181 2 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#181 2 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#181 2 Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0]
#181 2 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#181 2 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#189 1 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#189 1 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#189 1 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#189 1 Rep. Joseph Morelle [D-NY25]
#189 1 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#194 0 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#194 0 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#194 0 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#194 0 Rep. Brenda Jones [D-MI13, 2018-2018]
#194 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#194 0 Rep. Mary Scanlon [D-PA5]
#194 0 Rep. Susan Wild [D-PA7]
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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.