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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Hawaii's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Gabbard’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Gabbard’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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to House Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Gabbard’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. 482: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 922: Acknowledging and honoring brave young ...; H.Res. 935: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 895: Native Hawaiian Education Reauthorization Act ...; H.R. 1074: Passenger Fee Restructuring Exemptions Act ...; H.R. 2249: Restoring Medicaid for Compact of ...; H.R. 2305: SPOT Act; H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War ...; H.R. 6331: Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation ...; H.Con.Res. 171: Recognizing the 75th anniversary of ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 12th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gabbard’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 5 others)

5 of Gabbard’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 396: Calling on the Government of ...; H.Res. 855: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 922: Acknowledging and honoring brave young ...; H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War ...; H.R. 6306: Mark Takai Filipino Veterans Family ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Ranked 21st 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gabbard’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 23rd most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 268 bills that Gabbard cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 30th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 12 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Gabbard’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 41st fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Gabbard cosponsored 268 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 House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Was 62nd most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Gabbard missed 0.8% of votes (11 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Gabbard’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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.


 

Introduced the 84th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Gabbard introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got the 110th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Gabbard’s bills and resolutions had 417 cosponsors in the 114th 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 House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gabbard introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Gabbard 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 Gabbard’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Gabbard supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Gabbard 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gabbard cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gabbard introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


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 114th Congress) 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.