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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 18th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Jackson Lee’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the most bills among Texas Delegation

Jackson Lee cosponsored 616 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation the most bills out of 36 94
616 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 16th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 16th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

the most liberal among 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 Jackson Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Texas Delegation the most liberal out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 11th most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats 14th most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 14th most liberal out of 439
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Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among All Representatives

Jackson Lee introduced 76 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation the most bills out of 36 2
76 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the most bills out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 2nd most bills out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 2nd most bills out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

2nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

19 of Jackson Lee’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. 143: Urging the Government of Nigeria ...; H.Res. 309: Recognizing June 19, 2015, as ...; H.Res. 342: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 489: Commemorating the 88th Anniversary of ...; H.Res. 787: Recognizing June 19, 2016, as ...; H.R. 48: No Fly for Foreign Fighters ...; H.R. 59: Build TRUST Act of 2015; H.R. 61: Securing the Assistance of Victims ...; H.R. 710: To require the Secretary of ...; H.R. 1810: CADET Act; H.R. 2470: Private Prison Information Act of ...; H.R. 2795: First Responder Identification of Emergency ...; H.R. 3155: Kalief’s Law; H.R. 3156: Fair Chance for Youth Act ...; H.R. 3158: RAISE Act of 2015; H.R. 3354: Federal Prison Bureau Relief Act ...; H.R. 4240: No Fly for Foreign Fighters ...; H.R. 5130: SIMARRA Act; H.R. 5470: Stop Mass Killings By Violent ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation the most bills out of 36 0
19 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats the most bills out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

5th most supportive among Texas Delegation; tied with 2 others

GovTrack looked at whether Jackson Lee supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Texas Delegation 5th most supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 36 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 49th most supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 69th least supportive (tied w/ 41) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 97th most supportive (tied w/ 48) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Missed Votes

15th most absent among All Representatives

Jackson Lee missed 12.4% of votes (164 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Jackson Lee’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Texas Delegation 3rd most absent out of 36 0
23% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 11th most absent out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 15th most absent out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Laws Enacted

11th most bills among Texas Delegation; tied with 9 others

Jackson Lee introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 710: To require the Secretary of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 36 0
5 View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Cosponsors

16th most cosponsors among House Democrats

Jackson Lee’s bills and resolutions had 710 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Texas Delegation 4th most cosponsors out of 36 1
819 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 16th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 38th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

17th most bills among House Democrats; tied with 5 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Jackson Lee’s 76 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 36 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 28th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 17th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 60th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

21st least bipartisan among House Democrats

Of the 616 bills that Jackson Lee cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Texas Delegation 10th most bipartisan out of 36 1
62% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 81st least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 21st least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 211th most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

39th best score among House Democrats

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 Jackson Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Texas Delegation 13th best score out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 65th best score out of 185
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House Democrats 39th best score out of 191
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All Representatives 145th best score out of 439
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Bills Out of Committee

82nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 54 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jackson Lee introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 68: Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block ...; H.R. 2795: First Responder Identification of Emergency ...; H.R. 4240: No Fly for Foreign Fighters ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 10th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 36 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 35th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 7th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Jackson Lee’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Texas Delegation 9th lowest score (tied w/ 15) out of 36 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 87) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 36 0
16 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 33) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 80) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

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.

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.