No Michigan U.S. House member made a national group’s list of most-effective lawmakers for the 2017-18 session.
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) came closest, ranking 30th of 244 U.S. House Republicans, according to rankings from the nonpartisan, Charlottesville, Va.-based Center for Effective Lawmaking. On the Democratic side, now-former U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) had the most-effective record, coming in 44th of 204 members.
The group’s analysis is a joint initiative between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University that rates each member of Congress based on 15 metrics, including the bills they sponsor, how far those bills move through the legislative process, and how important their policy proposals are.
As the Advance previously reported, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) was named the fourth-most effective Democrat in the Senate last term by the group. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) came in 31st of 48 senators.
For Michigan Republicans, the least-effective member was U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.), who was 230th of 244. For Michigan Democrats, former U.S. Rep. Brenda Jones (D-Detroit) was the least-effective member at 200th of 204.
Jones, who is now back in her role as Detroit City Council president, won a special election for the 13th District on Nov. 6, 2018. She was only in office for roughly six weeks. She replaced Conyers, who resigned over a sexual harassment scandal in 2017. Jones did not win the nomination for the current term. That seat is now held by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit).
The group looked at 15 members of Congress. Michigan has a 14-member U.S. House delegation, but the list included both Conyers and Jones, who served during the 115th Congress.
For Republicans, Walberg was followed by:
- U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland): 90/244
- Former U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester): 100/244
- U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet): 118/244
- U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden): 120/204
- Former U.S. Rep. Dave Trott (R-Birmingham): 131/204
- U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph): 157/204
- U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland): 219/204
- Amash: 230/244
For Democrats, Conyers was followed by:
- U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn): 89/204
- U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield): 135/204
- U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint): 143/204
- Former U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Royal Oak): 181/204
- Jones: 200/204