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Rep. Val Demings’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 10th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Demings’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 Demings’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Demings’s 9 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Demings caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (4th percentile); House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Demings introduced 9 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (4th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Florida Delegation

Demings missed 1.4% of votes (17 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Demings’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (53rd percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 17th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Demings 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 (69th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 48th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 26 others)

2 of Demings’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. 888: Reaffirming support for increased media ...; H.R. 5257: Secure Communities and Safe Schools ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (12th percentile); House Freshmen (37th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Demings 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. 6591: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (27th 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. Demings introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2427: Pathways to Improving Homeland Security ...; H.R. 6591: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (31st 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. 0 of Demings’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.

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

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


 

Committee Positions

Demings 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 Demings’s Profile »

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 340 bills that Demings cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (65th percentile); House Freshmen (69th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Demings’s bills and resolutions had 214 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 Florida Delegation (38th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Demings cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (28th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th 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.