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Rep. Adrian Smith’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Nebraska's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Smith’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Smith’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Bills Cosponsored

22nd fewest bills among All Representatives

Smith cosponsored 79 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 19th fewest bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 21st fewest bills out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 22nd fewest bills out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

28th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 79 bills that Smith cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
House Republicans 28th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 27th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 28th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Working with the Senate

40th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 26 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Smith’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 169: Critical Access Hospital Relief Act ...; H.R. 404: To authorize early repayment of ...; H.R. 1736: To amend the Clean Air ...; H.J.Res. 59: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 24th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 36th most bills (tied w/ 24) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 40th most bills (tied w/ 26) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Cosponsors

69th most cosponsors among House Republicans

Smith’s bills and resolutions had 226 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
House Republicans 69th most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 123rd most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 133rd most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

77th best score among All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
House Republicans 67th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 71st best score out of 385
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All Representatives 77th best score out of 440
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Missed Votes

74th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 15 others

Smith missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Smith’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Safe House Seats 64th most voting (tied w/ 13) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 74th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

 

Ideology Score

82nd most liberal among House Republicans

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
House Republicans 82nd most liberal out of 247
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Safe House Seats 148th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 166th most conservative out of 440
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Bills Introduced

198th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 33 others

Smith introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 106th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 178th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bills (tied w/ 33) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Smith introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 404: To authorize early repayment of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 90th most bills (tied w/ 122) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Smith’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 76) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 93) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Smith held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Smith’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 139 others out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Smith introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Smith supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Smith 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.