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Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Connecticut's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 1991 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover DeLauro’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 DeLauro’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 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

DeLauro’s bills and resolutions had 975 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from DeLauro’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

7 of DeLauro’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 387: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 377: Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 769: Child Tax Credit Permanency Act ...; H.R. 1286: Healthy Families Act; H.R. 1531: Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act ...; H.R. 2553: National Infrastructure Development Bank Act ...; H.R. 3097: Congressional Tribute to Constance Baker ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 13th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 198 bills that DeLauro cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 31st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

DeLauro introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 36th 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from DeLauro’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

DeLauro 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 DeLauro’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether DeLauro supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave DeLauro 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

Laws Enacted

DeLauro introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of DeLauro’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. 377: Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 1286: Healthy Families Act; H.R. 1737: Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act of ...; H.R. 3497: Child Care Flex Spending Act ...; H.R. 3712: Family and Medical Insurance Leave ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. DeLauro introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Missed Votes

DeLauro missed 4.2% of votes (27 of 641 votes) in 2013. View DeLauro’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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.


 

Bills Cosponsored

DeLauro cosponsored 198 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 Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

DeLauro tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of DeLauro’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Democrats (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored 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 2013) 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.