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Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 16th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover O’Rourke’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him 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 O’Rourke’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Texas Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether O’Rourke supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave O’Rourke 8 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

O’Rourke sponsored H.R. 3854: Real Time Transparency Act of ...

O’Rourke cosponsored H.R. 367: Campaign Sunlight Act of 2015; H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th most often compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 299 bills that O’Rourke cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of O’Rourke’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th bottom follower compared to Texas Delegation

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from O’Rourke’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (25th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most liberal compared to Texas Delegation

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from O’Rourke’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got the 10th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Texas Delegation

O’Rourke’s bills and resolutions had 138 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 Texas Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Was 15th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

O’Rourke missed 4.5% of votes (60 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View O’Rourke’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); All Representatives (74th 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.


 

Introduced the 58th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

O’Rourke introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

O’Rourke held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View O’Rourke’s Profile »

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of O’Rourke’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. 883: Emergency Port of Entry Personnel ...; H.R. 3854: Real Time Transparency Act of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of O’Rourke’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. 800: Express Appeals Act; H.R. 1319: Ask Veterans Act; H.R. 3576: Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight, and ...; H.R. 5162: Vet Connect Act of 2016

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

O’Rourke introduced 1 bill 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 5873: To designate the Federal building ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. O’Rourke introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5162: Vet Connect Act of 2016; H.R. 5873: To designate the Federal building ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

O’Rourke cosponsored 299 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 Texas Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (58th 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 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.