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Rep. Rubén Hinojosa’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 15th District
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Hinojosa’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 Hinojosa’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.

 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Hinojosa missed 22.8% of votes (302 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Hinojosa’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Hinojosa tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 1 of Hinojosa’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th most often compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 323 bills that Hinojosa cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Texas Delegation

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 Hinojosa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th bottom follower compared to Texas Delegation

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 Hinojosa’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to Texas Delegation

Hinojosa cosponsored 323 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 Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 65th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Hinojosa’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. 1956: Pell Grant Protection Act; H.R. 1957: Pell Grant Cost of Tuition ...; H.R. 1958: Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act; H.R. 1959: College Options for DREAMers Act; H.R. 3721: Affordable College Textbook Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 70th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 25 others)

6 of Hinojosa’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.

Those bills were: H.Res. 505: Honoring the 50th anniversary of ...; H.R. 1956: Pell Grant Protection Act; H.R. 1957: Pell Grant Cost of Tuition ...; H.R. 1958: Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act; H.R. 1959: College Options for DREAMers Act; H.R. 4834: North American Development Bank General ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Hinojosa 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 Hinojosa’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hinojosa introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hinojosa introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Cosponsors

Hinojosa’s bills and resolutions had 203 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 Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hinojosa supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hinojosa 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (52nd 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.