Meet Three Of The Least Effective Democrats In Congress
Bad news for Democrats coast to coast, as several of their more prominent House incumbents find themselves ranked as some of the least effective members of Congress.
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07)
Bera, who has won two extremely narrow electoral victories in California’s hotly contested 7th Congressional district, won’t be able to run on his service or effectiveness in Congress next election. Bera ranks as the 22nd least effective member of Congress.
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Following two electoral victories in a gerrymandered Illinois Congressional district, Bustos has been considered a “rising star” by some Democrats. Despite this label, Bustos has proven to be one of the least effective Democratic House members.
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-03)
Leader of the Democrats’ campaign committee during the 2012 and 2014 elections, Israel finds himself at the bottom of the effectiveness scale. Israel, who oversaw House Democrats’ disastrous routing in 2014, has also overseen an unsuccessful legislative career.
After more than a decade in Congress, Israel ranks as one of the least effective House members, coming in at #30.
Despite this abysmal standing, Nancy Pelosi handpicked Israel to lead House Democratic policy and communications, which prompted some Democrats to complain about Israel’s total lack of effectiveness:
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH): “We think clearly there was a lack of a coherent and compelling message… there’s obviously something lacking because we lost so many seats.”