These Are the 35 Most Useless Members of Congress

Given that there are 535 elected officials currently serving in Congress, there are bound to be some who pull their weight more, get a greater number of bills passed and do more for the public than others. When it comes to these 35, though, it’s clear that their report cards ought to be marked “Could do better.”

That’s because they’ve proven themselves to be among the least effective legislators to have spent a complete term or more in Congress, as the data from GovTrack.us provided with each entry reveals. Calculated by InsideGov, each effectiveness score shows the – often remarkably pitiful – proportion of bills a given individual has sponsored that have actually managed to get the nod from committee, barring any of the legislation brought in in the ongoing 114th Congress.

So if your representative or senator is on the list, then maybe it’s worth a good hard think before you vote them back in when it’s election time again.

35. Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Effectiveness Score: 2%
Total Sponsored Bills: 420
Bills Passed Committee: 9
Serving Since: 2007

Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. may have followed his pop’s footsteps all the way to Congress, but it looks like he hasn’t been able to fill those paternal shoes. Some, in particular, have claimed that the Democrat from Pennsylvania isn’t delivering on his pro-life promises.

34. Richard E. Neal

Effectiveness Score: 2%
Total Sponsored Bills: 160
Bills Passed Committee: 3
Serving Since: 1989

Richard E. Neal has been applauded for his political work in Northern Ireland, but perhaps the Democratic Representative for Massachusetts’ 1st congressional district should do more for the area he was elected to serve. After all, in more than 26 years of him being in Congress, just two of his bills have become law.

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33. Matt Cartwright

Effectiveness Score: 1%
Total Sponsored Bills: 76
Bills Passed Committee: 1
Serving Since: 2013

Representative Matt Cartwright may have proudly dubbed himself a “Franklin Roosevelt Democrat,” but Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district is still waiting on all those promised new jobs.

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32. Keith Ellison

Effectiveness Score: 1%
Total Sponsored Bills: 134
Bills Passed Committee: 2
Serving Since: 2007

Keith Ellison is notable for being Minnesota’s first African-American Representative and the first Muslim to sit in Congress. Unfortunately, though, the Democrat serving the state’s 5th congressional district will also go down in history for his multiple financial transgressions when campaigning for election.

31. Michael M. Honda

Effectiveness Score: 1%
Total Sponsored Bills: 135
Bills Passed Committee: 1
Serving Since: 2001

Michael M. Honda, U.S. Representative for California’s 17th congressional district, found himself in hot water in 2015. The Democrat – who is currently serving his seventh term in a row – has been accused of using his congressional staff to help run his last campaign.

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30. Steve Israel

Effectiveness Score: 1%
Total Sponsored Bills: 231
Bills Passed Committee: 2
Serving Since: 2001

Democrat Steve Israel, it’s fair to say, is no stranger to controversial allegations. The Representative for the 3rd congressional district of New York has had the finger pointed at him for fathering a love child, supporting anti-Israel movements and using his influential position to broker a mortgage short sale.

29. Randy K. Weber, Sr.

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 10
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

In January 2015 Randy K. Weber, Sr. launched a bizarre Twitter attack on Obama following the Charlie Hebdo shootings and other terrorist attacks in Paris. The Republican Representative for Texas’ 14th congressional district was forced to say sorry after comparing the President to none other than Adolf Hitler.

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28. Joaquín Castro

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 11
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Both Joaquín Castro and twin brother Julián are Democratic politicians. But while Julián has made his way into Obama’s Cabinet and may harbor ambitions of being the first Hispanic president, the Representative for Texas’ 20th congressional district seems content to be just relatively ineffective in Congress.

27. Tammy Duckworth

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 12
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Illinois’ 8th congressional district is served by Tammy Duckworth. And yet while the Democrat certainly deserves plaudits for her service during the Iraq War, the military veteran seems to have done more for America in combat zones than she’s managed to achieve in Congress.

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26. Marc A. Veasey

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 8
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Democrat Marc A. Veasey has previously worked in the fields of teaching, journalism, advertising and real estate. Still, any skills the Representative for Texas’ 33rd congressional district has acquired through those spheres wouldn’t appear to be reflected in his unimpressive Congressional record.

25. Julia Brownley

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 28
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

There were high hopes for Julia Brownley after Bill Clinton backed her campaign to become the Democratic Representative for California’s 26th congressional district in 2012. Since being elected, though, Brownley notably declared war on plastic bags in a proposed bill that was quietly quashed.

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24. Tony Cárdenas

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 24
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

The less than life-changing legislation introduced by Democratic Representative Tony Cárdenas has included a proposal to rename a post office in California’s 29th congressional district after Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps that’s an indicator of his position on this list.

23. Mark Pocan

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 20
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Democratic Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district Marc Pocan has campaigned hard for legal same-sex marriage in his state. It’s worth noting, though, that he hasn’t managed to overturn the approval of an amendment against it in the Badger State just yet.

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22. Ami Bera

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 8
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Representative for California’s 7th congressional district Ami Bera is one of just a handful of Democrats who have supported Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership – a proposal that many fear will cost American workers their jobs.

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21. Patrick Murphy

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 29
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

In 2012 Patrick Murphy narrowly beat his Republican opposite number Allen West to become the Democratic Representative for Florida’s 18th congressional district. It was a race that required close to an incredible $23 million, making it the costliest contest ever run to reach the House of Representatives.

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20. Keith J. Rothfus

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 12
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

In September 2015 it was reported that Representative Keith J. Rothfus is one of 28 Republicans who have threatened to disrupt federal government operations if any bills include funding for Planned Parenthood. That may not go down well with some in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district.

19. Robin L. Kelly

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 23
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Robin L. Kelly may have penned a 66-page gun control manifesto in 2014, but the Democratic Representative for Illinois’ 2nd congressional district is yet to actually help pass a single bill on firearm safety.

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18. Alan S. Lowenthal

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 10
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

When Alan S. Lowenthal was reinstated to the Californian State Senate in 2008, the Democrat and his ex-wife Bonnie, an Assemblywoman, became the first divorced duo to serve the state alongside each other. Lowenthal is now the somewhat ineffective Representative for the 47th congressional district in California.

17. Cheri Bustos

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 19
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Cheri Bustos once stated that even if a proposal to trim congressional salaries were unsuccessful, she would still take a voluntary pay cut herself. The Democrat – who represents the 17th congressional district of Illinois – is yet to give up a single dime, though, as far as anyone knows.

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16. Angus S. King, Jr.

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 23
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Angus S. King, Jr. is the only independent politician who makes this list. And in fairness the Maine senator hasn’t been completely useless: in 2015, for example, he helped make National Lobster Day an official holiday. Then again…

15. Daniel T. Kildee

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 11
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

In 2013 Daniel T. Kildee took over from his uncle Dale as Michigan’s 5th congressional district Representative. Since then, the Democrat has been serving the American public by, well, trying to tell the Canadians where not to dump their nuclear waste.

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14. Lois Frankel

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 8
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Lois Frankel was elected to the position of Representative for Florida’s 22nd congressional district despite her having chosen to take 40 percent extra on her paycheck as mayor of West Palm Beach. Political opponents have also alleged that the Democrat has the taxpayer to thank for her $13,000 marble bathroom.

13. Mark Takano

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 25
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2013

Mark Takano can’t seem to quite put his high school teaching days behind him. At least, that appeared to be the case when he marked one letter from a fellow representative in red pen and graded it an “F.” And such grating behavior might be forgiven if the Democratic Representative for California’s 41st congressional district were more effective in his current role.

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12. Thomas Massie

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 12
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2012

Thomas Massie, Kentucky’s Representative for its 4th congressional district, apparently believes that “no” is the answer to everything. From January 2013 through June 2014, the Republican voted that way in excess of 300 times in Congress – which makes you wonder what he would ever approve.

11. Justin Amash

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 13
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2011

In 2012 Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district Justin Amash was one of four Congressmen relieved of certain important committee duties for allegedly not towing the Republican line. It was, though, suggested in some quarters that the real reason was that they were just too difficult to work with.

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10. Richard B. Nugent

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 23
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2011

Richard B. Nugent was elected as the Republican Representative for Florida’s 11th congressional district but has been more than a little ineffective since reaching the House. Maybe the Tea Party Caucus is pulling his focus too much.

9. Austin Scott

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 17
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2011

The Representative for Georgia’s 8th congressional district, Republican Austin Scott proved himself to be something of a laconic legislator when he revealed his first bill in 2011. The whole thing was just a single sentence long.

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8. Daniel Webster
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8. Daniel Webster

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 6
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2011

In 2015 Republican Daniel Webster insisted that he is “a plodder, not a prophet.” And given the current legislative track record of the Representative for Florida’s 10th congressional district, we’d have to agree.

7. Judy Chu

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 28
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2009

In late 2014 Democrat Judy Chu received a formal slap on the wrist from the House Ethics Committee. The Representative for California’s 27th congressional district was found to have meddled in the committee’s investigation into whether she had used Congressional employees for her campaign inside working hours.

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6. John Garamendi

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 27
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2009

If you ever wondered why you voted in John Garamendi, then maybe the Democrat’s latest venture will win you round. After all, he’s been hard at work offering those who live in California’s 3rd congressional district the chance to, um, see the Pope address Congress.

5. Leonard Lance

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 25
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2009

Leonard Lance has, it seems, developed something of a split personality when it comes to the environment. After all, the Republican Representative for New Jersey’s 7th congressional district once supported green measures, and yet some environmentalists have claimed that he’s now actively voting against them.

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4. André Carson

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 50
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2008

The Representative for Indiana’s 7th congressional district, André Carson is one of only two Muslim congressmen. And the Democrat riled the right in 2012 by saying that American schools could learn a thing or two from the Islamic education system.

3. Donna F. Edwards

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 35
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2008

Donna F. Edwards was arrested less than a year after Maryland’s 4th congressional district voted her into the House of Representatives. Why? Because she disregarded police warnings when a demonstration outside the Sudan embassy was taking place. The Democrat was among those protesting against events in Darfur.

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2. Jim Jordan

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 24
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2007

Just missing the top spot is staunch Republican and Representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district Jim Jordan, who likes battle tanks but hates Obamacare. In 2013 Jordan was instrumental in bringing federal government to a halt over ACA funding.

1. Steve King

Effectiveness Score: 0%
Total Sponsored Bills: 94
Bills Passed Committee: 0
Serving Since: 2003

Topping this less-than-prestigious list is Steve King, a Republican who has deemed Obama to be a greater threat to the world than global warming. King has even suggested that legalizing same-sex marriage would open the floodgates to enable people to wed their lawnmowers. However, despite these things and his rather terrible record as Iowa’s Representative for its 4th congressional district, he keeps on managing to get elected.

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