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Rep. Ruben Gallego’s 2016 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Gallego’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (35th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Arizona Delegation

0 of Gallego’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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.

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

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gallego introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4010: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Gallego’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

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

Gallego’s bills and resolutions had 118 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (53rd percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Arizona Delegation

Gallego missed 1.4% of votes (18 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Gallego’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (47th percentile); All Representatives (30th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Gallego supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Gallego 5 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; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (89th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th most liberal compared to House Freshmen

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gallego’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (11th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th 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 290 bills that Gallego cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 98th bottom/follower compared to All Representatives

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gallego’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gallego introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 4010: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Gallego cosponsored 290 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 (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (74th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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 the 114th Congress) 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.

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