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Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from California's 19th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Lofgren’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 13th most bills compared to All Representatives

Lofgren cosponsored 468 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 25th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lofgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 26th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

6 of Lofgren’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 724: SOLVE Act of 2017; H.R. 920: Protecting Our Border Communities Act ...; H.R. 921: Community Trust Act of 2017; H.R. 1102: Redistricting Reform Act of 2017; H.R. 1503: SOLVE Act 2.0 of 2017; H.R. 3639: Science Laureates of the United ...

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got the 29th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lofgren’s bills and resolutions had 591 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 42nd most politically left 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 2017 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 (15th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 35th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Lofgren’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lofgren introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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); 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 Introduced

Lofgren introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lofgren introduced 0 bills in 2017 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); 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. 1 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. 3639: Science Laureates of the United ...

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

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 (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 468 bills that Lofgren cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Lofgren missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Lofgren’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lofgren supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Lofgren 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Lofgren cosponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.