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Rep. Scott Peters’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from California's 52nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Peters’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Peters’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Peters supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Peters 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Peters cosponsored H.R. 1380: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); California Delegation (87th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to House Freshmen

Peters introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); California Delegation (91st percentile); House Freshmen (98th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Competitive House Seats

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Peters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (9th percentile); California Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (25th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Peters’s bills and resolutions had 312 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); California Delegation (68th percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Peters tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 28% of Peters’s 32 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (16th percentile); California Delegation (41st percentile); House Freshmen (42nd percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th most often compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 388 bills that Peters cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); California Delegation (85th percentile); House Freshmen (70th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Was 9th most present in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 5 others)

Peters missed 1.1% of votes (13 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Peters’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (27th percentile); California Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (31st percentile); All Representatives (21st 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 bicameral support on the 16th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Peters’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.Res. 401: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 2322: Strengthening The Resiliency of Our ...; H.R. 4536: Department of Defense Energy Security ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (59th percentile); California Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (77th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 54th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Peters cosponsored 388 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 Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); California Delegation (77th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Peters introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 1378: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (61st percentile); California Delegation (66th percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Peters introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1378: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (39th percentile); California Delegation (57th percentile); House Freshmen (46th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Peters’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 331: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 5398: Marriage and Family Therapists for ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); California Delegation (21st percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Peters 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 Peters’s Profile »

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


 

Leadership Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Peters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (50th percentile); California Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (70th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (48th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.