Rep. Barbara Comstock’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 10th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Comstock’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2017. The statitics were updated to correct a problem in the way we counted enacted laws.

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 Comstock’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.

 

Cosponsors

the fewest cosponsors among Virginia Delegation

Comstock’s bills and resolutions had 25 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Virginia Delegation the fewest cosponsors out of 11 25
909 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 8th fewest cosponsors out of 66 0
681 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 12th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 23rd fewest cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

2nd fewest bills among Virginia Delegation

Comstock introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 11 5
26 bills View All
House Freshmen 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 66 0
26 bills View All
House Republicans 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 51st fewest bills (tied w/ 20) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

3rd fewest bills among Virginia Delegation; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Comstock’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. 4102: Student Loan Relief Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 11 0
6 bills View All
House Freshmen 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 21) out of 66 0
8 bills View All
House Republicans 48th fewest bills (tied w/ 60) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 83rd fewest bills (tied w/ 97) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

3rd fewest bills among Virginia Delegation; tied with 1 other

Comstock tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Comstock’s 7 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 11 0
14 bills View All
House Freshmen 25th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 66 0
21 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 24) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 144th fewest bills (tied w/ 45) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

3rd fewest bills among Virginia Delegation; tied with 2 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Comstock introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1119: Research and Development Efficiency Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 11 0
9 bills View All
House Freshmen 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 66 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 34th fewest bills (tied w/ 40) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

4th fewest bills among Virginia Delegation; tied with 1 other

3 of Comstock’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 1119: Research and Development Efficiency Act; H.R. 3585: Surface Transportation Research and Development ...; H.R. 4755: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 11 0
15 bills View All
House Freshmen 20th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 66 0
13 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 70) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

5th least supportive among Virginia Delegation; tied with 2 others

GovTrack looked at whether Comstock supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Comstock 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 1764: United States Chief Technology Officer ...; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Virginia Delegation 5th least supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 11 0
8 points View All
House Freshmen 18th most supportive (tied w/ 11) out of 66 0
8 points View All
House Republicans 23rd most supportive (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 146th most supportive (tied w/ 63) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

40th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 282 bills that Comstock cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Virginia Delegation 4th most bipartisan out of 11 4
37% of bills View All
House Freshmen 24th most bipartisan out of 64 3
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 40th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 208th most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

60th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 3 others

Comstock cosponsored 282 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
Virginia Delegation 4th most bills out of 11 115
465 bills View All
House Freshmen 21st most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 66 1
584 bills View All
House Republicans 60th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 201st most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

157th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 9 others

Comstock missed 1.5% of votes (20 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Comstock’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Virginia Delegation 5th most absent out of 11 1
8% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 27th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 64 0
10% missed votes View All
All Representatives 157th most voting (tied w/ 9) out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Committee Positions

Comstock 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. 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 Comstock’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Virginia Delegation 3rd highest score (tied w/ 5) out of 11 0
5 points View All
House Freshmen highest score along with 28 others out of 66 0
1 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Comstock introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. 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
Virginia Delegation fewest bills along with 6 others out of 11 0
2 View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 33 others out of 66 0
5 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 124 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 238 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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 the 114th Congress) 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.