House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is easily one of the most recognizable and powerful names in Congress, with decades of service under her belt and enough respect from her party to keep her in the coveted Speakership position.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, a bombshell new study released by the Center for Effective Lawmaking revealed that Pelosi is actually one of the least effective legislators within the entirety of her party in the House of Representatives during the previous, 116th session of Congress.
The 81-year-old California lawmaker was ranked 237 out of 240 Democrats in the 116th Congress, meaning she literally was a few spots away from coming in dead last, which is not something the everyday American would expect given her tight grip on power in the lower chamber.
The CEL study was a joint venture between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University and the researchers behind the study heavily weighted the rankings based on successes in drafting and passing legislation.
“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,” said CEL co-director and political science professor Alan Wiseman.
Interestingly, most of the “workhorses” in the lower chamber are not kitchen table names in the homes of American voters, as they seem to literally be too busy actually doing their jobs instead of showing off for the cameras.
That would certainly explain why Pelosi is joined in the bottom-tier of House Democrats by media show-offs like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who secured the low ranks of 230 and 214 out of 240 Democrats.
Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) — two names unlikely to be recognized on a national level — grabbed the top spots in their respective parties for being the most effective members of the House.
Though the study likely won’t change the status quo in the lower chamber, at the very least it’ll hopefully be a wake-up call for the tens of millions of Americans who support the legislation-lazy politicians who only seem to be interested in the next media camera.