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Rep. Sander Levin’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Levin’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 Levin’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 bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Levin’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. 415: Stop Corporate Inversions Act of ...; H.R. 2889: Carried Interest Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 3105: Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers ...; H.R. 3621: Social Security Earned Benefits Payment ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Levin introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 50: Calling for the release of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 40th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 186 bills that Levin cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 33rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 28 others)

1 of Levin’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. 50: Calling for the release of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Levin held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Levin’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Levin cosponsored 186 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 Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Levin 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 Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Levin supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Levin 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Levin cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Levin’s bills and resolutions had 128 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 Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Levin missed 2.6% of votes (18 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Levin’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.