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Rep. Barbara Comstock’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Comstock’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to House Sophomores

7 of Comstock’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Res. 257: Condemning hate crime and any ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 321: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...; H.R. 2008: Kids First Research Act 2.0; H.R. 3697: Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal ...; H.R. 4375: STEM Research and Education Effectiveness ...; H.R. 4661: United States Fire Administration, AFG, ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Comstock’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Comstock’s bills and resolutions had 392 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (64th percentile); House Sophomores (94th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to House Republicans

Comstock cosponsored 257 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 (73rd percentile); House Sophomores (81st percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Was 11th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Comstock missed 2.7% of votes (19 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Comstock’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (82nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 10th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Comstock supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Comstock 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Comstock sponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Comstock cosponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Comstock introduced 8 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 321: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...; H.R. 1397: To authorize, direct, facilitate, and ...; H.R. 3249: Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program ...; H.R. 3697: Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal ...; H.R. 4375: STEM Research and Education Effectiveness ...; H.R. 4661: United States Fire Administration, AFG, ...; H.J.Res. 92: Granting the consent and approval ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Sophomores (92nd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 34th 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 257 bills that Comstock cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Sophomores (68th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Comstock introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 321: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Comstock introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd 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 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. 321: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Comstock’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 (18th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Comstock’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (65th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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 2017) 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.