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Rep. Andy Biggs’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Biggs’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Biggs’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Arizona Delegation

Biggs introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 2666: AMBER Alert in Indian Country ...; H.R. 4383: To reform the Internal Revenue ...; H.R. 7104: JACK Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Was most present in votes compared to Arizona Delegation

Biggs missed 0.3% of votes (4 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Biggs’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (11th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).

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.


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Biggs’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (97th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most conservative compared to House Freshmen

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Biggs’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Biggs introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Biggs’s bills and resolutions had 365 cosponsors in the 115th Congress. 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 »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 7th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Biggs supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Biggs 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Biggs cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Freshmen (85th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 6 others)

5 of Biggs’s bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 84: Knife Owners’ Protection Act of ...; H.R. 878: Right to Try Act of ...; H.R. 6356: LIST Act of 2018; H.R. 6468: Improving Science in Chemical Assessments ...; H.R. 6657: Fund and Complete the Border ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 255 bills that Biggs cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (8th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 50th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 32 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Biggs’s 32 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Biggs caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Biggs introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2666: AMBER Alert in Indian Country ...; H.R. 4383: To reform the Internal Revenue ...; H.R. 6468: Improving Science in Chemical Assessments ...; H.R. 7104: JACK Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Biggs’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. 2666: AMBER Alert in Indian Country ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Biggs held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Biggs’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Biggs cosponsored 255 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.