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Rep. Ruben Gallego’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Gallego’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him 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 Gallego’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 fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Gallego introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Arizona Delegation

0 of Gallego’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.

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


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Gallego’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.

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

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


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Gallego cosponsored 149 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 Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gallego introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Gallego’s bills and resolutions had 81 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 Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (69th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Gallego supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Gallego 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gallego cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th most often compared to House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 149 bills that Gallego cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Gallego 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 Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (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

Gallego 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 Gallego’s Profile »

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


 

Missed Votes

Gallego missed 1.6% of votes (11 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Gallego’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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 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.