According to this article, Paul Ryan has passed only two bills during ~13 years in Congress. (By passed, I assume the article means authored or co-authored bills passed in at least the House.) Is this number actually unusual compared to the records of other Congresspeople? What is a recent rough average for bills authored and passed by Congresspeople?
I'm not sure this is really a good answer, but in the absence of others I started looking at Congresspeople who joined the House in 1999.
- Shelley Berkley [D-NV1] Sponsored 109 Passed 5 (1 Bill, 4 Resolutions)
- Michael Capuano [D-MA8] Sponsored 92 Passed 9 (2 Bills 7 Resolutions)
- Joseph Crowley [D-NY7] Sponsored 136 Passed 23 (8 Bills 15 Resolutions)
- Charles Gonzalez [R-TX20] Sponsored 62 Passed 4 (2 Bills 2 Resolutions)
- Rush Holt [D-NJ12] Sponsored 252 Passed 13 (3 Bills 10 Resolutions)
- Terry Lee [R-NE2] Sponsored 134 Passed 9 (1 Bill 8 Resolutions)
- Jan Schakowsky [D-IL9] Sponsored 143 Passed 9 (1 Bill 8 Resolutions)
- Mike Simpson [R-ID2] Sponsored 86 Passed 8 (6 Bills 2 Resolutions)
- Lee Terry [R-NE2] Sponsored 134 Passed 9 (1 Bill 8 Resolutions)
- Greg Walden [R-OR2] Sponsored 79 Passed 11 (9 Bills 2 Resolutions)
- Paul Ryan [R-WI1] Sponsored 75 Passed 2 (2 Bills 0 Resolutions)
Data from GovTrack. Resolutions are what GovTrack calls "simple resolutions". What I've called Bills is anything that was signed by the President. I believe this is necessary for anything that actually changes, even if its for renaming a post office. Simple resolutions are the sort where "The House resolves that...".
The summary seems to be that where it counts (bills signed by the President) Ryan is about on the average for his contemporaries. However the numbers are so low that it is not fair to draw any meaningful conclusions. He is much lower on resolutions passed and lower for bills introduced.
I have to add that I am deeply skeptical that this tells us anything useful about Ryan or anyone else.