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Rep. Bill Shuster’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 9th District
Republican
Serving May 17, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Shuster’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Shuster’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.

 

Laws Enacted

the most bills among All Representatives

Shuster introduced 5 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 2353: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...; H.R. 3236: Surface Transportation and Veterans Health ...; H.R. 3614: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 3819: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 3996: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
5 laws View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs the most bills out of 53 0
5 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years the most bills out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans the most bills out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats the most bills out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives the most bills out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the fewest bills among Pennsylvania Delegation

Shuster cosponsored 85 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the fewest bills out of 18 85
434 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 9th fewest bills out of 53 34
599 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 28th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 31st fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

2nd highest score among Pennsylvania Delegation; tied with 1 other

Shuster held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Shuster’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
7 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 10th highest score (tied w/ 39) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 10th highest score (tied w/ 22) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 12th highest score (tied w/ 38) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 13th highest score (tied w/ 40) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

19th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 9 others

7 of Shuster’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 749: Passenger Rail Reform and Investment ...; H.R. 1732: Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of ...; H.R. 3236: Surface Transportation and Veterans Health ...; H.R. 3651: Positive Train Control Enforcement and ...; H.R. 3763: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform ...; H.R. 3819: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 3996: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
10 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 10th most bills out of 53 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 19th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 19th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

26th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 7 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shuster introduced 4 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 749: Passenger Rail Reform and Investment ...; H.R. 1338: Dignified Interment of Our Veterans ...; H.R. 1732: Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of ...; H.R. 3763: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
6 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 25th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 25th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 26th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

30th highest % of bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 58% of Shuster’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 5th highest % of bills out of 10 31
79% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 32 7
67% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 25th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 21st highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 30th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

30th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 4 others

Shuster missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Shuster’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Pennsylvania Delegation 7th most voting out of 18 0
7% missed votes View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 16th most voting out of 52 0
19% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 79th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 91st most voting (tied w/ 19) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Ideology Score

42nd most liberal among House Republicans

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Pennsylvania Delegation 9th most liberal out of 18
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 25th most conservative out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 56th most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 42nd most liberal out of 247
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Safe House Seats 179th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 207th most conservative out of 440
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Leadership Score

53rd best score among All Representatives

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th best score out of 18
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 10th best score out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 26th best score out of 169
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House Republicans 48th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 49th best score out of 385
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All Representatives 53rd best score out of 440
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

53rd least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

Of the 85 bills that Shuster cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Pennsylvania Delegation 7th least bipartisan out of 18 8
44% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 26th least bipartisan out of 53 1
72% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 53rd least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 77th most bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 159th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 172nd least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

66th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Shuster’s bills and resolutions had 361 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th most cosponsors out of 18 1
1,020 cosponsors View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 15th most cosponsors out of 53 0
888 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 37th most cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 43rd most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 61st most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 66th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

87th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 10 others

Shuster introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 4
39 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 24th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 53 1
33 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 75th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 87th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 140th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 155th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

71st fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 65 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Shuster’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. 1338: Dignified Interment of Our Veterans ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 18 0
7 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 53 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 71st fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 111th fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 130th fewest bills (tied w/ 111) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Shuster supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Shuster 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Pennsylvania Delegation least supportive along with 10 others out of 18 0
3 points View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 26 others out of 53 0
9 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 69 others out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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 2015) 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.