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Rep. Tony Cárdenas’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from California's 29th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Cárdenas’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Cárdenas’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.

 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to California Delegation

Cárdenas missed 4.7% of votes (33 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Cárdenas’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 52nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Cárdenas cosponsored 437 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 (73rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 58th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 437 bills that Cárdenas cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (35th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 56th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Cárdenas’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. 266: Recognizing March 31 as “César ...; H.R. 1009: National Evaluation of Techniques for ...; H.R. 1814: ABLE Age Adjustment Act; H.R. 2865: Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of ...; H.R. 4821: Covering our FAS Allies Act

Compare to all California Delegation (77th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got the 67th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Cárdenas’s bills and resolutions had 515 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (63rd percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 75th most left (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cárdenas’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Ranked the 79th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cárdenas’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 96th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Cárdenas introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (54th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cárdenas introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 1252: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1253: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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. Cárdenas introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1252: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1253: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 3172: Safe Sleep for Babies Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (48th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Cárdenas’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 360: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 2300: Eliminating Debtor’s Prison for Kids ...; H.R. 2865: Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of ...; H.R. 3172: Safe Sleep for Babies Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (48th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Cárdenas’s 20 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cárdenas caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all California Delegation (63rd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Cárdenas 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 Cárdenas’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.