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Rep. Betty McCollum’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Minnesota's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover McCollum’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 McCollum’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 3rd fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of McCollum’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. 5036: Protecting Families with Disabilities Act ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Democrats (18th 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 2nd fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation (tied with 2 others)

McCollum tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of McCollum’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 18th bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 McCollum’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 22nd most bills compared to All Representatives

McCollum cosponsored 572 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 Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 24th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

McCollum’s bills and resolutions had 64 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 Minnesota Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Was 35th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

McCollum missed 1.3% of votes (17 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View McCollum’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 40th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 9 others)

McCollum introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

2 of McCollum’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. 2072: National Park and Wilderness Waters ...; H.R. 2751: Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 67th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

GovTrack looked at whether McCollum supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McCollum 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McCollum cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

McCollum 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 McCollum’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 572 bills that McCollum cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

McCollum 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. 2751: Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th 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. McCollum introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.