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Rep. Sean Maloney’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 18th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Maloney’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 Maloney’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to New York Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 206 bills that Maloney cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (80th percentile); House Sophomores (86th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 8th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Maloney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (13th percentile); House Sophomores (36th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Maloney introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Maloney 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 New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Maloney’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.R. 356: Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act; H.R. 357: Human Trafficking Prevention Act; H.R. 3551: Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (67th percentile); House Sophomores (68th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Maloney’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 New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Maloney tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Maloney’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Maloney 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 Maloney’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Maloney cosponsored 206 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 New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (67th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Maloney’s bills and resolutions had 118 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 New York Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Maloney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Maloney missed 1.7% of votes (12 of 699 votes) in 2015. View Maloney’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); All Representatives (51st 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

Maloney cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 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.