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Rep. Thomas Suozzi’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from New York's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Suozzi’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 Suozzi’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 most often compared to New York Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 367 bills that Suozzi cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New York Delegation

Suozzi’s bills and resolutions had 70 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 New York Delegation (4th percentile); House Freshmen (31st percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Suozzi introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Freshmen (28th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom/follower compared to New York Delegation

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 Suozzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Suozzi’s 10 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Suozzi caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 6th least oftenn compared to New York Delegation (tied with 6 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Suozzi supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Suozzi 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Suozzi cosponsored H.R. 4077: Honest Ads Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); House Freshmen (28th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

Suozzi cosponsored 367 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 New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (81st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Was 15th most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen

Suozzi missed 3.1% of votes (37 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Suozzi’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Freshmen (77th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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 16th least often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 9 others)

1 of Suozzi’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. 328: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Ranked 28th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 Suozzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Suozzi introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 3157: Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (37th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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. Suozzi introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3157: Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act ...; H.R. 6064: To rename the Oyster Bay ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Suozzi’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. 3157: Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Suozzi 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 Suozzi’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (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 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.