AOC and Pelosi rank among least effective Democrats in Congress

AOC and Pelosi rank among least effective Democrats in Congress


Despite being some of the most well-known members of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Speaker Nancy Pelosi rank near the bottom of the table in a measure of legislative effectiveness.

In a study of legislative effectiveness, Ocasio-Cortez was ranked No. 230 out of the 240 Democrats who served in the 116th Congress. Pelosi was ranked 237th in the measure. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat, was the least effective legislator in his party.

The New York Democrat introduced 21 “substantive” bills in her first two years in office. None of the legislation received committee action, floor votes, or became law, according to researchers from the Center for Effective Lawmaking.

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“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.” Alan Wiseman,

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