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Rep. Theodore Deutch’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 21st District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Deutch’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Deutch’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Florida Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Deutch supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Deutch 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Deutch cosponsored H.R. 917: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Florida Delegation

Deutch introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 3304: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Florida Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Deutch’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. 435: Calling on the government of ...; H.R. 649: Protecting and Preserving Social Security ...; H.R. 1953: Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of ...; H.J.Res. 34: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Deutch tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of Deutch’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (20th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to Florida Delegation

Deutch cosponsored 192 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 Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th most often compared to Florida Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 192 bills that Deutch cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Florida 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Deutch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (15th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

7 of Deutch’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 108: Recognizing the 50th anniversary of ...; H.Res. 196: Supporting the Sixth Amendment to ...; H.R. 1953: Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 1967: Right to Counsel and Taxpayer ...; H.R. 3304: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; H.R. 3407: National Center for the Right ...; H.J.Res. 34: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 22nd 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Deutch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (65th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got the 25th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Deutch’s bills and resolutions had 312 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Florida Delegation (77th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Introduced the 69th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Deutch introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (73rd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Deutch introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 196: Supporting the Sixth Amendment to ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (69th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Deutch 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 Deutch’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (62nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Deutch missed 3.1% of votes (20 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Deutch’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


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 2013) 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.