That's My Congress

Call and Response: Leading and Following in the U.S. House of Representatives, 2009

The words leader and follower are laden down with connotations in the American political sphere. Some of those connotations are inappropriate. Simply having a strong leader in the Congress is not necessarily advantageous, since a leader may be pushing policy in the wrong direction. And the need for followers is perhaps underappreciated: if no one in Congress takes on the secondary task of showing support for others' efforts, no one's efforts in the Congress are liable to progress at all. And yet, leading and following are real, consequential behaviors in the Congress that are worthy of attention. When some members of Congress introduce a bill as its principal sponsor, they are more likely to gather other members' formal support through the act of cosponsorship. On the other hand, some representatives are more eager than others to throw their cosponsorship support behind bills they find worthy, while others are more stingy with their political capital.

Is your member of Congress a sponsor, an initiator, a leader who compellingly calls fellow legislators to action? Or is your member of Congress primarily a cosponsor, supporter, a responder, a cooperator who supports the compelling efforts of others? To help you make this determination, we at That's My Congress have tabulated the behavior of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the 4,412 substantive "House Resolution" bills introduced to the House during the calendar year of 2009. For each representative, we've counted up the number of times he or she has cosponsored someone else's bills, a number that could hypothetically reach a high of 4,412 (all the bills before the House) or a low of 0 (none of the bills before the House). Separately, we've also counted up the number of times the bills s/he's introduced have been cosponsored by others. This second total could reach as high as the number of bills that the member of the House has introduced, but could also be as low as 0 (if that member, like Jo Bonner of Alabama, failed to introduce any bills at all, or if that member's bills attracted no cosponsors). When we subtract the number of cosponsorships made by a member of Congress from the number of cosponsorships garnered for the member's own bills, we've got one good measure of a member's tendency to lead others in legislating or to follow others' legislative tracks.

Below we present the results for all 435 members of the House with full voting privileges as of the end of 2009. We group our results strong supporters, moderate supporters, balanced legislators, moderate initiators and strong initiators. Within each group, the members with a stronger tendency toward supporting others' legislation are listed first; the members with a stronger tendency toward gaining support for their own legislation from others are listed last.

Strong Supporters in the 111th Congress

These members of Congress (23% of the House of Representatives) offered at least 100 more cosponsorships for others' bills than they got for their own bills. Highlight: Joe Sestak, Democrat of Pennsylvania, was the member of Congress whose behavior was most strongly biased toward supporting others' bills through the act of cosponsorship. This is not because Rep. Sestak failed to sponsor his own legislation (he introduced 38 pieces of legislation in 2009), but because he so often cosponsored so many other members' bills (577 times in 2009). Eric Massa, Democrat of New York, was the Representative with the second-strongest tendency toward cosponsorship for a different reason. Massa only introduced 3 bills and 2 amendments during the course of 2009, garnering just 35 cosponsors altogether in a meager show of legislative leadership. Massa was a prolific cosponsor of legislation, however, formally supporting 452 bills in 2009.

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA, District 7)
Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY, District 29)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, District 9)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ, District 7)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI, District 11)
Rep. Robert A. Brady (D-PA, District 1)
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD, District 6)
Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-VA, District 1)
Rep. Fortney (Pete) Stark (D-CA, District 13)
Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN, District 5)
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC, District 9)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA, District 11)
Rep. Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ, District 9)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH, District 9)
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI, District 13)
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA, District 2)
Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL, District 3)
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD, District 7)
Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA, District 10)
Rep. Steve Ira Cohen (D-TN, District 9)
Rep. Todd R. Platts (R-PA, District 19)
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN, District 3)
Rep. Mark Edward Souder (R-IN, District 3)
Rep. Donald A. Manzullo (R-IL, District 16)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO, District 5)
Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ, District 4)
Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE, District 2)
Rep. John W. Olver (D-MA, District 1)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA, District 6)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ, District 2)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA, District 5)
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX, District 32)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA, District 3)
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY, District 21)
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA, District 8)
Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI, District 8)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH, District 1)
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX, District 18)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA, District 37)
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO, District 3)
Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC, District 6)
Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA, District 50)
Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK, District 5)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO, District 2)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL, District 1)
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY, District 6)
Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA, District 2)
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA, District 4)
Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA, District 17)
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX, District 23)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA, District 11)
Rep. John A. Culberson (R-TX, District 7)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ, District 7)
Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI, District 10)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, District 5)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA, District 38)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI, District 6)
Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH, District 12)
Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI, District 1)
Rep. Walter (Walt) Minnick (D-ID, District 1)
Rep. David (Phil) Roe (R-TN, District 1)
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL, District 19)
Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI, District 2)
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL, District 16)
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA, District 1)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY, District 0)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME, District 1)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC, District 10)
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH, District 11)
Rep. Glenn Nye III (D-VA, District 2)
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL, District 21)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS, District 1)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY, District 5)
Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN, District 1)
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL, District 24)
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID, District 2)
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX, District 15)
Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-NJ, District 10)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX, District 24)
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL, District 15)
Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ, District 2)
Rep. J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC, District 3)
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH, District 10)
Rep. C. W. (Bill) Young (R-FL, District 10)
Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-LA, District 7)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO, District 9)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD, District 4)
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO, District 2)
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO, District 8)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS, District 3)
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (D-TX, District 20)
Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ, District 1)
Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA, District 4)
Rep. Christopher J. Lee (R-NY, District 26)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA, District 5)
Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX, District 10)
Rep. Vernon Gale Buchanan (R-FL, District 13)
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL, District 4)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL, District 5)
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA, District 5)
Rep. Paul Hodes, II (D-NH, District 2)

Moderate Supporters in the 111th Congress

These members of Congress (26% of the House of Representatives) offered between 20 and 99 more cosponsorships for others' bills than they got for their own bills. Highlight: Jo Bonner, Republican of Alabama, had the strongest tendency toward cosponsoring over sponsoring in this group because although he cosponsored a relatively large number of bills written by others (99 bills in 2009), he managed to introduce not a single piece of legislation of his own during the calendar year. Vic Snyder, Democrat of Arkansas, mustered a scarce bit more than Bonner, sponsoring just 2 bills during the year, one being the symbolic commemoration of a boat that sank back in the 1800s.

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL, District 1)
Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT, District 5)
Rep. Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY, District 1)
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX, District 22)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA, District 49)
Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA, District 16)
Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR, District 2)
Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA, District 5)
Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-NC, District 12)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA, District 2)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA, District 8)
Rep. Al Green (D-TX, District 9)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA, District 3)
Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO, District 4)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY, District 11)
Rep. George P. Radanovich (R-CA, District 19)
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA, District 6)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA, District 12)
Rep. Jerry F. Costello (D-IL, District 12)
Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-MN, District 7)
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA, District 18)
Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL, District 5)
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY, District 2)
Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA, District 36)
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT, District 4)
Rep. Michael McMahon (D-NY, District 13)
Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH, District 1)
Rep. Edward Whitfield (R-KY, District 1)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA, District 9)
Rep. Edward R. Royce (R-CA, District 40)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK, District 0)
Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL, District 14)
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-IL, District 2)
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL, District 18)
Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN, District 8)
Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY, District 6)
Rep. John Hall (D-NY, District 19)
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL, District 6)
Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN, District 2)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA, District 32)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI, District 8)
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS, District 4)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA, District 45)
Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC, District 4)
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY, District 3)
Rep. Samuel B. Graves (R-MO, District 6)
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY, District 12)
Rep. Charles Wilson (D-OH, District 6)
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX, District 16)
Rep. Norman D. Dicks (D-WA, District 6)
Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY, District 24)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL, District 3)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA, District 21)
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL, District 19)
Rep. Leonard L. Boswell (D-IA, District 3)
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN, District 7)
Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. (D-SC, District 5)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL, District 25)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN, District 5)
Rep. Frank D. Lucas (R-OK, District 3)
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL, District 4)
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA, District 15)
Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R-IL, District 15)
Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC, District 13)
Rep. David E. Price (D-NC, District 4)
Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI, District 7)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE, District 1)
Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY, District 22)
Rep. James L. Oberstar (D-MN, District 8)
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA, District 9)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR, District 2)
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA, District 18)
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY, District 4)
Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-VA, District 7)
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI, District 5)
Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL, District 17)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX, District 30)
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA, District 27)
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH, District 2)
Rep. Harry Teague (D-NM, District 2)
Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL, District 2)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS, District 2)
Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA, District 3)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO, District 5)
Rep. David Wu (D-OR, District 1)
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI, District 2)
Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA, District 20)
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO, District 7)
Rep. G. K. Butterfield, Jr. (D-NC, District 1)
Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (D-NY, District 5)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA, District 44)
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL, District 5)
Rep. Steve C. LaTourette (R-OH, District 14)
Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, II (D-WV, District 3)
Rep. David Scott (D-GA, District 13)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI, District 4)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA, District 2)
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS, District 2)
Rep. Bobby Etheridge (D-NC, District 2)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC, District 5)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV, District 1)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT, District 0)
Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA, District 42)
Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL, District 7)
Rep. Charles W. Dent (R-PA, District 15)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA, District 41)
Rep. John Campbell (R-CA, District 48)
Rep. Deborah DeFrancesco Halvorson (D-IL, District 11)
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH, District 3)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO, District 6)
Rep. John Barrow (D-GA, District 12)
Rep. Joseph Quang Cao (R-LA, District 2)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT, District 1)
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL, District 2)
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN, District 2)
Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI, District 3)
Rep. John Linder (R-GA, District 7)
Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL, District 14)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE, District 3)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX, District 5)
Rep. Thomas E. Petri (R-WI, District 6)
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Jr. (D-NM, District 3)
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA, District 9)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA, District 46)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX, District 21)
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA, District 4)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL, District 3)
Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI, District 9)
Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI, District 2)
Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI, District 15)
Rep. Brian M. Higgins (D-NY, District 27)
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX, District 6)
Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME, District 2)
Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH, District 7)
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ, District 6)
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY, District 20)
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA, District 9)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, District 8)
Rep. David Dreier (R-CA, District 26)
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL, District 12)
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS, District 4)
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO, District 4)
Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM, District 1)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, District 3)
Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA, District 4)
Rep. Rick R. Larsen (D-WA, District 2)
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA, District 5)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA, District 9)
Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-OH, District 5)
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH, District 15)
Rep. John Boozman (R-AR, District 3)
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA, District 4)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO, District 7)
Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH, District 16)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK, District 4)

Balanced Legislators in the 111th Congress

These members of Congress (10% of the House of Representatives) offered somewhere between 19 more and 19 fewer cosponsorships for others' bills than they got for their own bills. Highlight: Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, obtained 161 cosponsors for the 15 pieces of legislation she introduced in 2009, and offered her cosponsorship on 143 substantive "H.R." bills, enjoying a fairly even reciprocal relationship with her colleagues in the House.

Rep. Michael A. Ross (D-AR, District 4)
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA, District 47)
Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL, District 8)
Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon (R-CA, District 25)
Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R-TX, District 4)
Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN, District 1)
Rep. Timothy Ryan (D-OH, District 17)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI, District 1)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL, District 6)
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV, District 3)
Rep. John S. Tanner (D-TN, District 8)
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ, District 1)
Rep. Michael N. Castle (R-DE, District 0)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN, District 4)
Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH, District 13)
Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN, District 4)
Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA, District 10)
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL, District 13)
Rep. John Tierney (D-MA, District 6)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, District 3)
Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL, District 7)
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA, District 4)
Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ, District 11)
Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA, District 3)
Rep. John Kline (R-MN, District 2)
Rep. Henry E. Brown, Jr. (R-SC, District 1)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX, District 11)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX, District 19)
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT, District 2)
Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ, District 13)
Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX, District 12)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX, District 28)
Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY, District 23)
Rep. David R. Obey (D-WI, District 7)
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ, District 8)
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI, District 1)
Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO, District 1)
Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL, District 7)
Rep. Baron P. Hill (D-IN, District 9)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA, District 34)
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ, District 8)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX, District 26)
Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA, District 3)
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA, District 9)
Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-MI, District 12)

Moderate Initiators in the 111th Congress

These members of Congress (13% of the House of Representatives) got somewhere between 20 more 99 more cosponsors for their own bills than the number of cosponsorships they offered for others' bills. Highlight: Henry Waxman, Democrat of California, obtained 217 cosponsors for the 10 pieces of legislation he introduced in 2009, and offered his cosponsorship 155 times to others for substantive "H.R." bills, enjoying a moderate advantage in his relationship with colleagues in the House.

Rep. Diane E. Watson (D-CA, District 33)
Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY, District 16)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA, District 22)
Rep. Zack T. Space (D-OH, District 18)
Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK, District 2)
Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK, District 1)
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD, District 0)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY, District 7)
Rep. Frank Kratovil, Jr. (D-MD, District 1)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN, District 6)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH, District 4)
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY, District 9)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR, District 5)
Rep. Richard (Doc) Hastings (R-WA, District 4)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, District 16)
Rep. James D. Matheson (D-UT, District 2)
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA, District 8)
Rep. John Adler (D-NJ, District 3)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA, District 12)
Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA, District 53)
Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS, District 1)
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL, District 23)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX, District 1)
Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC, District 11)
Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey (D-CA, District 6)
Rep. Gus Michael Bilirakis (R-FL, District 9)
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN, District 5)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI, District 2)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, District 8)
Rep. Mark S. Kirk (R-IL, District 10)
Rep. Dale E. Kildee (D-MI, District 5)
Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR, District 4)
Rep. Ron J. Klein (D-FL, District 22)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI, District 4)
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX, District 13)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX, District 2)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL, District 4)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA, District 6)
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC, District 7)
Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS, District 3)
Rep. John Larson (D-CT, District 1)
Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA, District 8)
Rep. E. Scott Garrett (R-NJ, District 5)
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA, District 52)
Rep. Michael F. Doyle (D-PA, District 14)
Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV, District 2)
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL, District 1)
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA, District 24)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN, District 3)
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL, District 6)
Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC, District 6)
Rep. John Salazar (D-CO, District 3)
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA, District 30)
Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-GA, District 10)

Strong Initiators in the 111th Congress

These members of Congress (18% of the House of Representatives) got somewhere between 20 more 99 more cosponsors for their own bills than the number of cosponsorships they offered for others' bills. Highlight: Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, had the greatest imbalance of support in favor of all 435 members of the House of Representatives in 2009. DeLauro got 794 more cosponsors for her bills than the number of cosponsorships she offered for other bills, and this isn't because Rep. DeLauro was a stingy cosponsor; she cosponsored 281 pieces of legislation written by others. The legislation DeLauro sponsored obtained a lot of support, and often gained passage to boot.

Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC, District 8)
Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-PA, District 11)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA, District 7)
Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA, District 17)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA, District 11)
Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-MD, District 3)
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL, District 8)
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ, District 12)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX, District 25)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX, District 8)
Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA, District 39)
Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX, District 17)
Rep. Christopher Carney (D-PA, District 10)
Rep. John B. Shadegg (R-AZ, District 3)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA, District 29)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA, District 35)
Rep. Steve J. Israel (D-NY, District 2)
Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY, District 18)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN, District 6)
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA, District 13)
Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT, District 0)
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX, District 29)
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI, District 1)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA, District 1)
Rep. Stephen E. Buyer (R-IN, District 4)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA, District 31)
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV, District 2)
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX, District 14)
Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY, District 17)
Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY, District 25)
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX, District 3)
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA, District 1)
Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA, District 2)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN, District 7)
Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR, District 1)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY, District 15)
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD, District 5)
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA, District 1)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA, District 5)
Rep. John Carter (R-TX, District 31)
Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA, District 3)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC, District 2)
Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ, District 4)
Rep. C. A. (Dutch) Ruppersberger (D-MD, District 2)
Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ, District 5)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL, District 20)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY, District 4)
Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN, District 6)
Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA, District 3)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY, District 8)
Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY, District 3)
Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC, District 3)
Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY, District 28)
Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (D-TX, District 27)
Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV, District 1)
Rep. Kathy Anne Castor (D-FL, District 11)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA, District 5)
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA, District 6)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO, District 1)
Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA, District 7)
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ, District 6)
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA, District 1)
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI, District 3)
Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL, District 17)
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA, District 23)
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY, District 10)
Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA, District 10)
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA, District 51)
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI, District 14)
Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH, District 8)
Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA, District 43)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA, District 4)
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD, District 8)
Rep. George Miller (D-CA, District 7)
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY, District 14)
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA, District 14)
Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND, District 0)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, District 18)
Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-CA, District 28)
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT, District 3)
Report Submitted on January 18, 2009
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