Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was among the least effective members of the last Congress, according to a study from a nonpartisan group.
While AOC introduced 21 ‘substantive’ bills to Congress, her legislation failed to progress any further, according to the Center of Effective Lawmaking – a joint project between Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.
None of the legislation received action in committees, floor votes, nor did any become law, according to the data collected from Congress.gov.
Ocasio-Cortez ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats across the country and was dead last among the 19 that are in the state of New York.
‘She introduced a lot of bills, but she was not successful at having them receive any sort of action in committee or beyond committee and if they can’t get through committee they cannot pass the House,’ Alan Wiseman, a political scientist at Vanderbilt and co-director of the center, explained to the New York Post.
He added: ‘It’s clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and engage with the lawmaking process. But she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation.’
Bills that failed for AOC included her federal overhaul of public housing, a ban on fracking and a mandate to provide full federal public benefits to undocumented immigrants.
Insiders to the workings of Democratic House members say that many of AOC’s colleague find her to be alienating, according to the Post.
‘Tweeting is easy, governing is hard. You need to have friends. You need to understand the committee process, you need to be willing to make sacrifices,’ one insider said. ‘Her first day in Congress … she decided to protest outside of Nancy Pelosi’s office.’
Another said that for AOC, ‘legislation was never her focus. It was media and narrative.’
The Center of Effective Lawmaking ranked lawmakers’ effectiveness based on 15 different metrics, including how many bills they sponsored, how far they progressed through Congress and how ‘significant’ the bill is, according to USA Today.
The study found the most effective House Democrat was New York’s Nita Lowey, who sponsored 30 bills, 14 of which passed the House and seven of which became law during the 116th Congress.
Lowey, who retired after the 116th Congress, was Chair of the Appropriations Committee.
The most effective House Republican was Texan Michael McCaul, who introduced 24 bills, with 10 passing the House, and two becoming law.
In the Senate, Michigan Democrat Gary Peters and Florida Republican Marco Rubio were the most effective for their respective parties, according to the data.
Rubio, who chaired the Senate Small Businesses committee, put forward 107 bills, ten of which passed the Senate, and six of which became law.
Peters introduced 86 bills, with 14 passing the Senate despite the Democrats being in the minority, and ten became law.
The Center of Effective Lawmaking noted that this exceeded the previous record by a minority-party Senator of seven laws.