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2018 Report Cards
House Democrats / Government Transparency

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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Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of the government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills that we identified in the 115th Congress. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

House Democrats
most often
#1 13 Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL5]
#2 9 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
#2 9 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#4 8 Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6]
#5 7 Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6]
#5 7 Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14]
#7 6 Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14]
#7 6 Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]
#9 5 Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
#9 5 Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA16]
#9 5 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]
#9 5 Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA17]
#9 5 Rep. Tom O’Halleran [D-AZ1]
#9 5 Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2, 2009-2018]
#9 5 Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8]
#9 5 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
#17 4 Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA26]
#17 4 Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]
#17 4 Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO1]
#17 4 Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
#17 4 Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018]
#17 4 Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12]
#17 4 Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-CT5, 2013-2018]
#17 4 Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]
#17 4 Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9]
#17 4 Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI3]
#17 4 Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
#17 4 Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19]
#17 4 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
#17 4 Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10]
#17 4 Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA20]
#17 4 Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY4]
#17 4 Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV]
#17 4 Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL10]
#17 4 Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL9]
#36 3 Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]
#36 3 Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]
#36 3 Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24]
#36 3 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14, 2013-2018]
#36 3 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
#36 3 Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21]
#36 3 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#36 3 Rep. Gene Green [D-TX29, 1993-2018]
#36 3 Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2]
#36 3 Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA7]
#36 3 Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4]
#36 3 Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]
#36 3 Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2]
#36 3 Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2]
#36 3 Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14]
#36 3 Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]
#36 3 Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47]
#36 3 Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
#36 3 Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4]
#36 3 Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32]
#36 3 Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
#36 3 Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52]
#36 3 Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1]
#36 3 Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13]
#36 3 Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
#36 3 Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]
#36 3 Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR5]
#36 3 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018]
#36 3 Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA51]
#36 3 Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]
#36 3 Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY3]
#67 2 Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31]
#67 2 Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3]
#67 2 Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA7]
#67 2 Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8]
#67 2 Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0]
#67 2 Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1]
#67 2 Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA7, 2013-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]
#67 2 Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27]
#67 2 Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]
#67 2 Rep. Charlie Crist [D-FL13]
#67 2 Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD7, 1996-2019]
#67 2 Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53]
#67 2 Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
#67 2 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]
#67 2 Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]
#67 2 Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN5, 2007-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18]
#67 2 Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13]
#67 2 Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA3]
#67 2 Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]
#67 2 Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7]
#67 2 Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]
#67 2 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D-HI1, 2016-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
#67 2 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
#67 2 Rep. William Keating [D-MA9]
#67 2 Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5]
#67 2 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL8]
#67 2 Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]
#67 2 Rep. John Larson [D-CT1]
#67 2 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
#67 2 Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
#67 2 Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17]
#67 2 Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12]
#67 2 Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
#67 2 Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6]
#67 2 Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6]
#67 2 Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN8, 2013-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#67 2 Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]
#67 2 Rep. David Price [D-NC4]
#67 2 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40]
#67 2 Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0]
#67 2 Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA28]
#67 2 Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
#67 2 Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA9]
#67 2 Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41]
#67 2 Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1]
#67 2 Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20]
#67 2 Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX33]
#67 2 Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
#67 2 Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]
#67 2 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23]
#67 2 Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]
#67 2 Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0]
#125 1 Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12]
#125 1 Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44]
#125 1 Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2]
#125 1 Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA2]
#125 1 Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD4]
#125 1 Rep. André Carson [D-IN7]
#125 1 Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX20]
#125 1 Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5]
#125 1 Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY9]
#125 1 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
#125 1 Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46]
#125 1 Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]
#125 1 Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10]
#125 1 Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL22]
#125 1 Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
#125 1 Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16]
#125 1 Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ5]
#125 1 Rep. Al Green [D-TX9]
#125 1 Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20]
#125 1 Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5]
#125 1 Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4]
#125 1 Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5]
#125 1 Rep. Sander Levin [D-MI9, 2013-2018]
#125 1 Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]
#125 1 Rep. Ben Luján [D-NM3]
#125 1 Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4]
#125 1 Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]
#125 1 Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL7]
#125 1 Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA1]
#125 1 Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
#125 1 Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9]
#125 1 Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7]
#125 1 Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA36]
#125 1 Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D-MD2]
#125 1 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]
#125 1 Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7]
#125 1 Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30]
#125 1 Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]
#125 1 Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY3]
#125 1 Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA15]
#125 1 Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]
#125 1 Rep. Niki Tsongas [D-MA3, 2013-2018]
#125 1 Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX34]
#125 1 Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
#169 0 Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]
#169 0 Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0, 2003-2018]
#169 0 Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1]
#169 0 Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
#169 0 Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
#169 0 Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29]
#169 0 Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
#169 0 Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA18]
#169 0 Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11]
#169 0 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15]
#169 0 Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26]
#169 0 Rep. James Himes [D-CT4]
#169 0 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
#169 0 Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30]
#169 0 Rep. Brenda Jones [D-MI13, 2018-2018]
#169 0 Rep. Ruben Kihuen [D-NV4, 2017-2018]
#169 0 Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA17]
#169 0 Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
#169 0 Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4]
#169 0 Rep. Joseph Morelle [D-NY25]
#169 0 Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1]
#169 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#169 0 Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI0]
#169 0 Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]
#169 0 Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
#169 0 Rep. Mary Scanlon [D-PA5]
#169 0 Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15]
#169 0 Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS2]
#169 0 Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5]
#169 0 Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA35]
#169 0 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12]
#169 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.