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Rep. Austin Scott’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Scott’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Scott’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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Georgia Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Scott’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. 3072: To amend the Servicemembers Civil …

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 37th most politically right compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 33rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 24 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 1 bill in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 877: Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for …

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

2 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 6728: To amend the Commodity Credit …; H.R. 7758: Assistance for Rural Health, Safety …

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 58th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Scott cosponsored 160 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 Georgia Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Introduced the 82nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Scott introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 877: Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for …

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Scott’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Scott caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Scott 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 Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 160 bills that Scott cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 244 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Georgia Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (45th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Scott missed 3.4% of votes (32 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.