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Rep. Yvette Clarke’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New York's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Clarke’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 Clarke’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 influential cosponsors the least often compared to New York Delegation

0 of Clarke’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.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

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

Clarke’s bills and resolutions had 35 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 New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Clarke introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Clarke’s 7 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 518 bills that Clarke cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 32nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Clarke cosponsored 518 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 (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Clarke introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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. Clarke introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Clarke’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. 3889: Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances ...; H.R. 4692: Aidan’s Law

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Clarke 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 Clarke’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Clarke missed 2.8% of votes (37 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Clarke’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Representatives (57th 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

Clarke cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 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.