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Rep. Ro Khanna’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 17th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Khanna’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 Khanna’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 the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Khanna’s bills and resolutions had 526 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 California Delegation (68th percentile); House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 Khanna’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (53rd percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Was 7th most present in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Khanna missed 0.8% of votes (10 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Khanna’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (32nd percentile); All Representatives (15th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to All Representatives

Khanna cosponsored 784 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 California Delegation (96th percentile); House Freshmen (97th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Khanna supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Khanna 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Khanna cosponsored H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 4631: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.R. 5143: Searchable Legislation Act of 2018

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 25th 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 Khanna’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (9th percentile); House Freshmen (6th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Khanna introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 3949: VALOR Act; H.R. 5759: 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience ...

Compare to all California Delegation (74th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Khanna introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Khanna introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 599: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 3949: VALOR Act; H.R. 5759: 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience ...

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (45th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Khanna’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.Res. 178: Amending the Rules of the ...; H.R. 3949: VALOR Act; H.Con.Res. 138: Directing the President pursuant to ...; H.Con.Res. 142: Directing the President pursuant to ...

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Khanna’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. 3757: GAIN Act; H.R. 5093: Measuring the Economic Impact of ...; H.R. 7145: Stop Welfare for Any Large ...

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Khanna’s 17 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Khanna caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 784 bills that Khanna cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (53rd percentile); House Freshmen (67th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


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.