2013 Report Cards for All Members of Congress

We’ve calculated some new statistics! Sen. David Vitter wrote the most bills in 2013. Rep. Pete Sessions got the most bills out of committee in the House. Rep. Barbara Lee was the most liberal representative. And our transparency heroes for 2013 were Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Elijah Cummings. These are some of the highlights of GovTrack’s new 2013 Report Cards posted for every senator and representative.

Start exploring the report cards on the overview page to see how your Members of Congress fared in 2013. You’ll also find the legislator-specific report cards linked from there and from the usual pages for Members of Congress.

The report cards are a summary of each senator and representative’s legislative activity during the 2013 session of Congress (Jan 3-Dec 26, 2013) including metrics for:

  • Number of Bills Introduced, Number of Cosponsors, and Number of Bills Cosponsored
  • Number of Bills with Committee Support, Bills Out of Committee, and Bills Enacted
  • Bipartisanship: % of Bills with Bi-partisan Cosponsors, % of Cosponsored Bills Crossing Party Lines
  • Number of Bills with a Companion Bill in the Other Chambre
  • Missed Votes
  • Leadership, using our unique analysis methodology
  • Number of Committee Leadership Positions
  • Ideology (liberal-conservative score), using our unique analysis methodology
We also include one other special legislative rating:
  • Support for Government Transparency, based on 20 non-partisan bills we identified that increase government transparency.
Each senator and representative is compared to other senators and representatives and to other the relevant groups of senators and representatives. For instance, Rep. Barbara Lee is compared to all representatives, all House Democrats, and the others in California’s delegation. New representatives like Rep. Matthew Cartwright are compared to other congressional freshmen and sophomores. These groups will help you make the most sensible comparisons between Members of Congress.
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19 Comments

  1. It would be nice if we had real reform when it comes to legislation. Bills should not have hidden agendas and each bill should be written in PLAIN ENGLISH. All bills should cover one subject.

    Every legislator should have to sign saying they have read and understood the bill so they are accountable for what they have passed.

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  2. Don’t like your criteria. Number of bills? We don’t need more laws! How about voting record? How many bills voted against; budget reduction proposals, etc?

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  3. Well done. You make it so much easier for us to make wise decisions based on something than TV campaign garbage. I hope many, many people take advantage of your hard work. Now, if you could just break down representatives’ voting records by subject. I’m an issue voter, for sure. 🙂 Kudos to you all.

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  4. T-party when is Congress going to stop lining there pockets and working for the vote no mater what the coat to America. 3 Billion to illegals in child tax credits of which the majority had never ben in USA or claimed a fraudulent child!! just for the Hispanic yet the Hispanic that have were here or naturalized feel this is unfair !!

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  5. I am making govtrack.us famous. I reference it in e-mails to my contacts and in in e-mails to my so-called “elected representaives.” I also use the votes cast to keep score on all Reps & Sens.
    THANK YOU! for all you’re doing to keep us informed.

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  6. I appreciate the information and attempt at more transparency; however, why not show who voted to keep bills from even getting a vote? We all know only a small percentage of the bills introduced make it all the way to law. How about showing which bills favor “main” street as opposed to “Wall” street?

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  7. Interesting report. This just confirms what those of us that watch these things already know … Representatives think they have to come up with more LAWS to show us they are working !!

    What I keep looking for is a Bill REPEALING many, many Bills which are already so-called Law, depending on how the Executive Branch decides to enforce or NOT enforce them.

    I wish everyone would encourage their Representative to start repealing Laws AND removing many Federal DEPARTMENTS which duplicate the “work” of other Departments, plus create their own Rules and Regulations which have the force of law for us.

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  8. There is a great attempt by an organization in Colorado to assess Legislator’s votes according to definitive principles of liberty. More states should incorporate it.
    Principlesofliberty.org

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  9. I dont care about how many bills introduced. I want to know HOW they vote. A bill should cover ONLY ONE SUBJECT WITH NO SECRETS TUCKED INSIDE!!!!

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  10. I would like to know how my elected officials voted on the 1 1 trillion dollar spending bill. I have ask all three to reduce spending. I have not been able to find the vote.

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  11. Thanks for empowering the disenfrancished and general populace with the knowledge of how are elected representatives are voting on bills and issues. As a commenter pointed out previously, It would be helpful if all the bills did not contain more than one item of issue in it. Could Mr Blumenuaer pass legislation to address this . Nannette Hamilton

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  12. Excellent tool to begin to see what they actually do all day. I would like to see the addition of how many meetings each representative / senator missed. I am following a few specific bills and they simply don’t show up for the scheduled meetings of the committees they sit on. It’s unacceptable to me that they don’t go to work if they may not like the outcome! We don’t have that option in our jobs, do we?

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  13. VOTING RECORD, for or against the Constitution is what we want to know! The Tenth Amendment is the MOST abused in the entire Constitution by Congress. Rate the Congress Cretans by how they voted.

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  14. Colorado’s PrincplesofLiberty.org is providing a fantastic ranking system of CO’s legislature. It is headed by a very bright, articulate and limited-government individual, Rich Bratten. I would strongly recommend seeing if there is some way to coordinate with him to incorporate your’s and POL’s ideas at the state-legislative level. His email is PrinciplesofLiberty@gmail.com and the website is PrinciplesofLiberty.org . You two need to talk.

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  15. Good start but this could be made much more informative for the voters and constituents:
    1. Better visualizations of data analysis by month need to be done (http://www.creativebloq.com/design-tools/data-visualization-712402);
    2. Visualization of data analysis of voting records by representative or senator on idividual bills;
    3. Visualization of data analysis of committee meetings attendance;
    4. Visualization of data analysis of bi-partisan bill sponsorship.

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