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Rep. Bill Shuster’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Shuster’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 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; tied with 1 other

Shuster introduced 8 bills 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. 2353: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...; H.R. 3236: Surface Transportation and Veterans Health ...; H.R. 3614: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 3763: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform ...; H.R. 3819: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 3996: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 4721: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 5303: Water Resources Development Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
8 View All
Serving 10+ Years the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

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 9th highest score (tied w/ 39) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 9th highest score (tied w/ 22) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 12th highest score (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

4th fewest bills among Pennsylvania Delegation; tied with 4 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 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 18 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 37) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 48th fewest bills (tied w/ 60) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

20th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 6 others

11 of Shuster’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. 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 ...; H.R. 4441: Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization ...; H.R. 4721: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 5303: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 5977: To direct the Secretary of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 20th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

23rd most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

Shuster missed 1.0% of votes (13 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Shuster’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Pennsylvania Delegation 7th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
7% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 23rd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 84th most voting (tied w/ 10) out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

26th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 8 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shuster introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress 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 ...; H.R. 4441: Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization ...; H.R. 5303: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 5977: To direct the Secretary of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most bills out of 18 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 26th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 26th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

41st fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Shuster cosponsored 140 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 3rd fewest bills out of 18 2
597 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd fewest bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 35th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 41st fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

40th most bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 5 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Shuster’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 7th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
29 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 60th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 89th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

52nd least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 140 bills that Shuster cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th least bipartisan out of 17 8
40% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 52nd least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 88th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 160th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

56th 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 the 114th Congress 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 conservative out of 18
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Serving 10+ Years 55th most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 56th most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 192nd most conservative out of 439
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Cosponsors

65th most cosponsors among House Republicans

Shuster’s bills and resolutions had 375 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th most cosponsors out of 18 0
1,455 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 66th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 65th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 125th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

85th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th best score out of 18
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Serving 10+ Years 41st best score out of 185
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House Republicans 70th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 85th best score out of 439
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Bills Introduced

87th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 7 others

Shuster introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
65 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 79th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 87th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 164th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Shuster supported any of 40 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 6 others out of 18 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 58 others out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 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 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.