Nonpartisan analysis pegs Pelosi among least effective Dems in the last Congress

The numbers are in — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) isn’t going to like it.

According to the Washington Examiner, a new study from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) found that Pelosi ranked among the least effective members in the 116th U.S. Congress, which concluded at the start of this year.

Crunching the numbers

A joint project by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, the CEL assigns to each member of the lawmaking body a legislative effectiveness score that it says is “based on 15 metrics that take into account the number of bills a legislator sponsors, how far each of those bills advances through the legislative process from introduction to (possibly) becoming law, as well as its relative substantive significance.”

The CEL then releases these scores biannually following each Congress.

Its latest numbers put Pelosi 237th out of 240 Democrats, the Examiner reported. And Pelosi wasn’t the only one to rank poorly.

As the Examiner argues, being well-known among Americans doesn’t always translate to being an effective lawmaker. Upstart progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), for example, finished 230th of the 240 Dems.

The lowest-ranking Democrat was Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), according to the Examiner‘s report. Notably, all three — Pelosi, AOC, and Cooper — were re-elected in November 2020.

“Workhorses” and “showhorses”

Interestingly, some of the most well-known Republicans in Congress also did not score so highly in terms of legislative effectiveness. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a frequent face on conservative media airwaves, ranked 202nd out of the 205 members of the GOP who served in the 116th Congress, the Examiner reported.

The top Republican in the last Congress in terms of effectiveness, according to the CEL, was Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas. Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat no longer serving in the House, was the top Democrat, the CEL reported.

In a statement to USA Today, the CEL’s Craig Volden explained that in Congress, there are often “workhorses” and “showhorses.” While the latter seem to talk a big game, it’s the former who actually do most of the lawmaking, he said.

“We’ve found initial patterns that those more effective tend to be what we would call the workhorses rather than the showhorses, and because of their policy focus, they’re less likely to be called upon by the media,” Volden told USA Today.

“We’ve kind of relatedly found that those who are called on by the media, that there tends to be more of an interest in talking about…politicking and personalities than there is in talking about policy and lawmaking,” he added.

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  1. The Traitors Pelosi and AOC do deserve their low ranking based on what the ranking measured. Both of them can be happy to know that a majority of Americans rank them very high in what they have accomplished in destroying the USA! Sadly, the Legislature, Attorney General and the DOJ have all disgraced themselves and broken their oaths of office for not bringing them to justice!

  2. I’m happy when polosi and the rest of the swamp is gone including the dementia joe and his puppet. Take McConnell with you democratic idiots. This election coming up is going to be republicans taking over again 🤗 I’ll be so happy and so will a lot of good Americans who aren’t fake. 2024 will be Trump ago and your illegals will go back across the border. Make America 🇺🇸 great

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  4. Dementia Joe and his partner in crime Kamala along with OAC (the Squad) and Pelosi all need to go as soon as possible. Not a single one of them has accomplished anything while in office except disrupting the way our government is supposed to work. The 2022 election should tell the story and all of them, if we’re lucky, will be gone forever.

    1. I agree. Yes I will be voting in 2022. Dems aren’t gonna know what hit them. It’s time to take back America 🇺🇸.

  5. Nutsy Nancy Pelosi is literally strangling all of us to force our compliance to her wishes. She promises a lot but then pretends to be holding out for a “better deal” while she gives us NOTHING !!! And she pretends that the Republican opposition is blocking her while they offer the better deal. Every time they offer a better deal, she moves the goal posts again and holds out for ever-increasing concessions to more graft, more erosion of democracy and more control by the increasingly radical democrat party.

    1. Agree 100% and I have always said that.
      Pelosi is power driven and is bad for America.
      Plus, she should be ex-communicated from the Catholic Church and is a fraud.
      She was upset after that the Supreme Court decided in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Can you imagine that? She supports abortion at all stages of life and once said on TV that “Life does not begin at conception,. ” Biden is another faker and also supports these same principles that are against the Catholic Church, They should both be ex-communicated.

  6. Nancy Pelosi was voted 237th worst legislator out of 240. I find that hard to believe. Is it possible there are three legislators who are worse than Nancy??? Even AOC was 7 seven positions above Nancy!!! USA USA USA USA

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