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Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from California's 19th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Lofgren’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Lofgren’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 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lofgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 64% of Lofgren’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to California Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Lofgren’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. 1365: Refugee Protection Act of 2013; H.R. 2309: Wireless Tax Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 2454: Aaron’s Law Act of 2013

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

7 of Lofgren’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 889: Global Free Internet Act of ...; H.R. 983: Online Communications and Geolocation Protection ...; H.R. 1365: Refugee Protection Act of 2013; H.R. 1891: Science Laureates of the United ...; H.R. 2309: Wireless Tax Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 2454: Aaron’s Law Act of 2013; H.R. 3035: Surveillance Order Reporting Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got the 23rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Lofgren’s bills and resolutions had 314 cosponsors in 2013. 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 California Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives

Lofgren cosponsored 285 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 California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Was 43rd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Lofgren missed 1.2% of votes (8 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Lofgren’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Ranked 49th most 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lofgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lofgren introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Lofgren introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lofgren introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Lofgren held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Lofgren’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 285 bills that Lofgren cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (75th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lofgren supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lofgren 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lofgren cosponsored H.R. 917: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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