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Rep. Rick Larsen’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Larsen’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Washington Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Larsen introduced 0 bills in the 115th 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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Ranked the 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Larsen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Larsen’s bills and resolutions had 216 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

2 of Larsen’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 2320: Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance ...; H.R. 2854: America Votes Act of 2017

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 1681: Women Veterans and Families Health ...; H.R. 3720: Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 15 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Larsen’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Larsen caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 39th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Larsen cosponsored 308 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 (51st percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Introduced the 43rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Larsen introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Ranked 82nd most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Larsen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Larsen introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

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 (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 308 bills that Larsen cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Larsen missed 3.1% of votes (38 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Larsen’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Larsen supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Larsen 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Larsen cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 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.