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Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 8th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These statistics cover Duckworth’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Duckworth’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 House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 207 bills that Duckworth cosponsored, 50% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); House Freshmen (98th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Duckworth cosponsored 207 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 Illinois Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (32nd percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (34th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen

Duckworth missed 6.5% of votes (78 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Duckworth’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th 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 influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 3 others)

1 of Duckworth’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1796: Troop Talent Act of 2013

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (20th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Duckworth’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.R. 1321: Small Business Paperwork Relief Act ...; H.R. 1796: Troop Talent Act of 2013; H.R. 2859: To amend the Servicemembers Civil ...; H.R. 4628: Military Opportunities for Mothers Act; H.R. 5336: Mental Health Exposure Military Official ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (83rd percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Duckworth’s bills and resolutions had 209 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (77th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Introduced the 39th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 12 others)

Duckworth introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (35th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Duckworth introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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. Duckworth introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Duckworth 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 Duckworth’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Duckworth supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Duckworth 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 the 113th Congress) 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.