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Rep. Robin Kelly’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Apr 9, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Kelly’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Kelly’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.

 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Kelly introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Ranked 72nd 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kelly’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 70th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 37 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Kelly’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. 2207: Community College to Career Fund ...; H.R. 2208: Creating Pathways for Youth Employment ...; H.R. 2209: Helping to Encourage Real Opportunities ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 90th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Kelly cosponsored 271 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 Illinois Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kelly introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2331: Connected Government Act; H.R. 2422: Action for Dental Health Act ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Kelly’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1084: Today’s American Dream Act; H.R. 3839: Today’s American Dream Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (28th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Kelly 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 Kelly’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 271 bills that Kelly cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Kelly supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Kelly 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kelly’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Kelly introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Kelly tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Kelly’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (6th percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Kelly’s bills and resolutions had 232 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Kelly missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Kelly’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); All Representatives (55th 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.


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 2017) 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.