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Rep. Yvette Clarke’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Clarke’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 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 their bills out of committee the 6th least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Clarke introduced 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4737: Department of Homeland Security Climate ...; H.R. 4739: Synthetic Opioid Exposure Prevention and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 14th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Clarke cosponsored 624 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 15th 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 Clarke’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Was 20th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Clarke missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Clarke’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 32nd least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 624 bills that Clarke cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 45th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 30 others)

6 of Clarke’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. 585: BREATHE Act; H.R. 3230: Defending Each and Every Person ...; H.R. 3777: National Commission To Investigate the ...; H.R. 4272: TPS for Victims of Hurricane ...; H.R. 4737: Department of Homeland Security Climate ...; H.R. 4739: Synthetic Opioid Exposure Prevention and ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 64th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Clarke introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 70th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 34 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 594: Ellie’s Law; H.R. 996: Dental Loan Repayment Assistance Act; H.R. 1596: To direct the Joint Committee ...; H.R. 2231: Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019

Compare to all New York Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Got the 100th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Clarke’s bills and resolutions had 389 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 New York Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Clarke introduced 0 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.

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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Clarke’s 25 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Clarke caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all New York Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd 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.


 

Committee Positions

Clarke held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Clarke’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (74th 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.