Congressional Report Card

Looking at how effective our congress is. We evaluated all congress-persons from the 113, 114, and 115th sessions up congress gave them a grade based on their relative ranking compared to their peers.

Range breakdowns are as follows:
A range = 8%, B range = 22%, C range = 36%, D = 18%, F = 16% (Note: Average = C grade, A being best, F being worst)

Grades are calculated based on rankings that take into account committee membership, committee leadership, voting alignment (bipartisan voting strategies favored), votes missed (high # of votes missed penalized), bills sponsored, and bills sponsored that passed.
All data was collected from ProPublica's congress API

Created by Abhinav Suri, Katie Jiang, Lutong Cai, and Loujeine Boutar

Lamar Smith

Party Republican
Currently in office? Yes
State TX
Effectiveness Score B+

Committee Rank: 144/530

Committee Chair Rank: 61/88

Committee Code Title Rank in Committee
House Committee on Homeland Security HSHM Member 2
House Committee on the Judiciary HSJU Member 3
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology HSSY Chair 1
Votes & Bills
% Votes with Party Line 97.26% (113th congress. Rank is 330/537)
96.77% (114th congress. Rank is 423/537)
98.24% (115th congress. Rank is 504/537)
Missed Votes 24 (113th congress. Rank is 132/537)
26 (114th congress. Rank is 228/537)
47 (115th congress. Rank is 393/537)
Bills Sponsored 6 (Bill ranking is 114/537,69/537,537/537)
Bill Information
Bill ID Title Congress Is Active? House Passage Senate Passage Enacted
hr3547-113 To extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014. 113 house True 2013-12-02 2013-12-12 2014-01-17
hr5640-114 To provide for the establishment at the Department of Energy of an Electricity Storage Basic Research Initiative. 114 house True 2016-07-11 False
hr3547-113 To extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014. 113 senate True 2013-12-02 2013-12-12 2014-01-17
hr5031-113 To define STEM education to include computer science, and to support existing STEM education programs at the National Science Foundation. 113 house True 2014-07-14 False
hr3293-114 To provide for greater accountability in Federal funding for scientific research, to promote the progress of science in the United States that serves that national interest. 114 house True 2016-02-10 False
hr3033-114 To require the President's annual budget request to Congress each year to include a line item for the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation and to require the National Science Foundation to conduct research on dyslexia. 114 house True 2016-02-04 2016-02-03 2016-02-10