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Rep. Theodore Deutch’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 2nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Deutch supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Deutch 8 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Deutch sponsored H.R. 2049: Keeping Foreign Money Out of ...; H.R. 367: Campaign Sunlight Act of 2015

Deutch cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (96th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to Florida Delegation

5 of Deutch’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 49: Honoring the victims of the ...; H.Res. 148: Calling on the government of ...; H.R. 2063: National Center for the Right ...; H.R. 2330: National Criminal Justice Commission Act ...; H.J.Res. 22: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to Florida Delegation

Deutch cosponsored 264 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 (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Florida Delegation

Deutch’s bills and resolutions had 299 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (85th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th 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 264 bills that Deutch cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Was 24th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Deutch missed 8.7% of votes (61 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Deutch’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th 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 the 28th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Deutch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Introduced the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Deutch introduced 22 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (85th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

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. 148: Calling on the government of ...; H.R. 1811: Protecting and Preserving Social Security ...; H.R. 2330: National Criminal Justice Commission Act ...; H.R. 2633: Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 70th most liberal 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Deutch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Deutch introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (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. Deutch introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Deutch tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 27% of Deutch’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (36th percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

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 (44th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.