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Rep. Susan Davis’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 53rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Davis’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 Davis’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 4th most bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Davis’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. 456: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 894: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 930: School Principal Recruitment and Training ...; H.R. 2715: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act ...; H.R. 5641: Equity in Career and Technical ...

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 16th top leader compared to 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 Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Was 15th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Davis missed 0.8% of votes (11 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Davis’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 43rd most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Davis’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got the 60th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Davis’s bills and resolutions had 580 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 »

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 58th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Davis introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 83rd most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Davis cosponsored 290 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 California Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Davis’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.R. 1618: Universal Right to Vote by ...; H.R. 2715: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act ...; H.R. 6236: Innovations to Recruit and Retain ...

Compare to all California Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Davis 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. 5948: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Davis supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Davis 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Davis cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all California Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Davis 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 Davis’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Davis introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5948: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 290 bills that Davis cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


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 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.