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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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th 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.


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to 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 »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 26th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shuster introduced 4 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for 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 ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 30th highest % of bills compared to 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.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Was 30th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

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

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (21st 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.


 

Ranked 42nd most liberal compared to 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.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 53rd top leader compared to 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.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 66th most cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th 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 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 ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

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

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

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

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


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 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.