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Rep. Rick Larsen’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Larsen’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this 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 Larsen’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what 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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Washington Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Larsen supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Larsen 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Larsen cosponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Washington Delegation

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.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Larsen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (27th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Larsen’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 958: Women Veterans and Other Health ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom follower compared to Washington Delegation

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Larsen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50% of Larsen’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Cosponsored the 36th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Larsen cosponsored 223 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 38th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 223 bills that Larsen cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got bicameral support on the 45th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 41 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Larsen’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 1034: San Juan Islands National Conservation ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Was 87th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Larsen missed 5.6% of votes (68 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Larsen’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Cosponsors

Larsen’s bills and resolutions had 180 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Larsen introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Larsen introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Larsen held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Larsen’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Larsen introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.