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Rep. Susan Davis’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Davis’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Introduced the 26th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Davis introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 45th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 10 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Davis’s 15 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Davis caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got bicameral support on the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 34 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 35: Recognizing January 2019 as “National …; H.Res. 787: Recognizing January 2020 as “National …; H.R. 3378: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act …

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Davis introduced 3 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 661: Authorizing the Office of General …; H.R. 7512: COMMS Act; H.R. 8294: National Apprenticeship Act of 2020

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Ranked the 91st top leader compared to All Representatives

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 101st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 507 bills that Davis cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Got the 105th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Davis’s bills and resolutions had 575 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Ranked 106th most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Davis introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Davis’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 23: Expressing the sense of the …; H.R. 874: Juror Non-Discrimination Act of 2019; H.R. 3378: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act …; H.R. 3801: Military Hunger Prevention Act; H.R. 7512: COMMS Act; H.R. 8294: National Apprenticeship Act of 2020

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st 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 (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Davis cosponsored 507 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 (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Davis missed 1.5% of votes (14 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Davis’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.