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Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

DeLauro’s bills and resolutions had 1,266 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from DeLauro’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

7 of DeLauro’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 62: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 932: Healthy Families Act; H.R. 1286: Child Tax Credit Permanency Act ...; H.R. 1619: Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 2660: WIC Act; H.R. 3071: Schedules That Work Act; H.R. 3337: National Infrastructure Development Bank Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 609: Safe Food Act of 2015; H.R. 716: Breast Density and Mammography Reporting ...; H.R. 932: Healthy Families Act; H.R. 1439: Family and Medical Insurance Leave ...; H.R. 2632: Children’s Recovery from Trauma Act; H.R. 3071: Schedules That Work Act; H.R. 4227: Medicare Advantage Bill of Rights ...

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

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


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

DeLauro introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 38th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from DeLauro’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 44th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 253 bills that DeLauro cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 88th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

DeLauro cosponsored 253 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 (78th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

DeLauro introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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).

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.


 

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 (17th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

DeLauro missed 1.8% of votes (13 of 704 votes) in 2015. View DeLauro’s Profile »

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

DeLauro tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 36% of DeLauro’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. DeLauro introduced 0 bills in 2015 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).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether DeLauro supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave DeLauro 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

DeLauro cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.