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Rep. Xochitl Torres Small’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from New Mexico's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Torres Small’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her 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 Torres Small’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.

 

Ranked the 11th bottom/follower 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Torres Small’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got the 18th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Torres Small’s bills and resolutions had 50 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 House Freshmen (27th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 19th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Torres Small cosponsored 193 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 Freshmen (36th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 15th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Torres Small’s 12 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Torres Small caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 28th most often compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 193 bills that Torres Small cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (47th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

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


 

Held the 58th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Torres Small held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Torres Small’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Was 67th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

Torres Small missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Torres Small’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (30th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Torres Small introduced 1 bill 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. 1891: White Sands National Park Establishment ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 Introduced

Torres Small introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (59th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Torres Small introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1598: U.S. Customs and Border Protection ...; H.R. 1891: White Sands National Park Establishment ...; H.R. 1912: DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Torres Small’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.R. 1891: White Sands National Park Establishment ...; H.R. 1912: DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act ...; H.R. 4891: Western Water Security Act of ...; H.R. 5273: Securing America’s Ports Act

Compare to all House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Torres Small’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. 1891: White Sands National Park Establishment ...; H.R. 2794: Defense Small Business Advancement Act ...; H.R. 4243: Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


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.