Hyperactivity and Lassitude in the House of Representatives, 2012

Some members of Congress are more active than others. Ron Barber [D-AZ-8] can be forgiven for not introducing any legislation by July of 2012 — he was only sworn in on June of 2012 after winning a special election for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. But Jerry Lewis [R-CA-41], a veteran member of Congress, has no such excuse. Rep. Lewis has authored no legislation at all — not even a single amendment — during the 112th Congress of 2011-2012.

Joining Representatives Barber and Lewis are the following members of the House who have introduced fewer than four bills or amendments since they were last elected: David Scott [D-GA-13], Bob Gibbs [R-OH-18], John Olver [D-MA-1], Martha Roby [R-AL-2], Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL-21], Luis Gutierrez [D-IL-4], Tim Holden [D-PA-17], Frank Lucas [R-OK-3], Ed Pastor [D-AZ-4] and Pete Visclosky [D-IN-1].

On the other end of the spectrum is Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who has introduced a whopping 104 pieces of legislation (47 bills and 57 amendments) to be considered in the 112th Congress. The next-most-active member of Congress, relatively far back, is Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia, who has introduced 81 pieces of legislation during the same period of time.

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