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Rep. Theodore Deutch’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Deutch’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him 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 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 (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

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. 5 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.R. 5732: Stop Schemes and Crimes Against ...; H.J.Res. 34: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (93rd 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.


 

Ranked 4th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Deutch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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 340 bills that Deutch cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Florida Delegation

Deutch cosponsored 340 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 (81st percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

11 of Deutch’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.Res. 108: Recognizing the 50th anniversary of ...; H.Res. 196: Supporting the Sixth Amendment to ...; 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.R. 1967: Right to Counsel and Taxpayer ...; H.R. 2101: Federal Response to Eliminate Eating ...; 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 ...; H.J.Res. 119: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Deutch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

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

Deutch’s bills and resolutions had 551 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 Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 (52nd percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Deutch introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 3304: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 Introduced

Deutch introduced 19 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (59th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Deutch introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 196: Supporting the Sixth Amendment to ...; H.Res. 435: Calling on the government of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Deutch missed 3.4% of votes (41 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Deutch’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (64th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Deutch tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 32% of Deutch’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (27th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored 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 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.