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Rep. Ted Lieu’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 33rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Lieu’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Lieu’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 most bills compared to House Sophomores

Lieu introduced 36 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to House Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Lieu’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. 218: Recognizing the importance of the ...; H.R. 669: Restricting First Use of Nuclear ...; H.R. 4019: Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act ...; H.R. 4163: Cyber Shield Act of 2017; H.R. 5638: Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction ...; H.R. 6840: Hold the LYNE Act; H.J.Res. 104: To provide limitations on the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Lieu’s bills and resolutions had 818 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (87th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Lieu missed 8.8% of votes (107 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Lieu’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Ranked 6th most liberal compared to House Sophomores

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lieu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (28th percentile); House Sophomores (8th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to California Delegation (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Lieu supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lieu 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lieu cosponsored H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 19th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lieu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); House Sophomores (87th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

11 of Lieu’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 218: Recognizing the importance of the ...; H.Res. 395: Reaffirming the leadership of the ...; H.R. 1437: No Money Bail Act of ...; H.R. 2119: Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 2414: SWAMP Act of 2017; H.R. 4019: Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act ...; H.R. 5019: CLEARANCES Act; H.R. 5293: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 6840: Hold the LYNE Act; H.R. 7080: Arms Sale Oversight Act; H.Con.Res. 63: Supporting efforts to enact a ...

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 30th most bills compared to All Representatives

Lieu cosponsored 590 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 (85th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 32nd most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Lieu’s 36 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lieu caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lieu introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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); House Sophomores (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lieu introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 928: Of inquiry requesting the President ...; H.R. 5293: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 5433: Hack Your State Department Act

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Lieu 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 Lieu’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 590 bills that Lieu cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.