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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 18th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Jackson Lee’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Jackson Lee’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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Texas Delegation

Jackson Lee cosponsored 289 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 (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Jackson Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (7th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to All Representatives

Jackson Lee introduced 36 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to Texas Delegation

4 of Jackson Lee’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 268: Observing the historical significance of ...; H.Res. 444: Honoring the accomplishments of Nicarsia ...; H.R. 3202: Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential ...; H.R. 3575: Putting Security First in Preclearance ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to Texas Delegation

Jackson Lee missed 6.9% of votes (44 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Jackson Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 7th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Jackson Lee supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jackson Lee 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Jackson Lee sponsored H.R. 2440: FISA Court in the Sunshine ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 289 bills that Jackson Lee cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 41st lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives

Jackson Lee tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 19% of Jackson Lee’s 36 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (27th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Jackson Lee introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. 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); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or 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. Jackson Lee introduced 0 bills in 2013 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); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Jackson Lee’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 Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Jackson Lee 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 Jackson Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Jackson Lee’s bills and resolutions had 191 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (70th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Jackson Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 2013) 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.

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