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Rep. Bill Huizenga’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Huizenga’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Huizenga’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Michigan Delegation

Of the 273 bills that Huizenga cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (12th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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 highest % of bills compared to Michigan Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 58% of Huizenga’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (90th percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to Michigan 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Huizenga’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (72nd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Huizenga’s bills and resolutions had 282 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Ranked 25th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Huizenga’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 28th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Huizenga introduced 5 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1135: Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act; H.R. 2274: Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, ...; H.R. 3211: Mortgage Choice Act of 2013; H.R. 4318: Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act; H.R. 5018: Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 53rd most bills compared to House Republicans

Huizenga cosponsored 273 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 Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Was 77th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

Huizenga missed 0.9% of votes (11 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Huizenga’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Huizenga introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Huizenga’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.Res. 735: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 3211: Mortgage Choice Act of 2013; H.R. 4318: Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Huizenga supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Huizenga 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Huizenga introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Huizenga’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 493: Homeland Security Respect for Life ...; H.R. 1135: Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act; H.R. 2098: Federal Prison Industries Competition in ...; H.R. 4318: Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (72nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Huizenga 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 Huizenga’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.