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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 Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (11th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Virginia Delegation

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

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to 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.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to 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 past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 40th most often compared to 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 »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (63rd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

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, ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

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. View Comstock’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

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 »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (65th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Comstock supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

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

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

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.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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.


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 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.