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Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Lofgren’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 5th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lofgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 59% of Lofgren’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

9 of Lofgren’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.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 ...; H.R. 4176: Science Laureates of the United ...; H.R. 5800: Secure Data Act of 2014

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Was 27th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Lofgren missed 1.2% of votes (14 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Lofgren’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (24th 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 29th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lofgren cosponsored 486 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 (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 35th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lofgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got the 40th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Lofgren’s bills and resolutions had 407 cosponsors in the 113th 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 California Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 35th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 22 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 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. 5800: Secure Data Act of 2014

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Lofgren introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Lofgren introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lofgren introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress 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 (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 486 bills that Lofgren cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (66th 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 (80th 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 the 113th Congress) 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.