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Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 1st District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Kirkpatrick’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Kirkpatrick’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 165 bills that Kirkpatrick cosponsored, 44% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Kirkpatrick missed 7.8% of votes (50 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Kirkpatrick’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (94th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 4 others)

3 of Kirkpatrick’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 2497: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ...; H.R. 3499: Rural Veterans Mental Health Care ...; H.R. 3745: Coverage Protection Act of 2013

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (81st percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Ranked 30th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kirkpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Kirkpatrick introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Kirkpatrick introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (51st percentile); House Sophomores (61st percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kirkpatrick introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 862: To authorize the conveyance of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); Competitive House Seats (72nd percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 Kirkpatrick’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. 3499: Rural Veterans Mental Health Care ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Kirkpatrick 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 Kirkpatrick’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Kirkpatrick cosponsored 165 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); Competitive House Seats (37th percentile); House Sophomores (62nd percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Kirkpatrick’s bills and resolutions had 140 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (63rd percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kirkpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (28th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Kirkpatrick supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Kirkpatrick 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.