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Rep. Bill Shuster’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Shuster’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Held the 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 (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got the 21st fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Shuster’s bills and resolutions had 78 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Ranked the 24th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Was 26th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Shuster missed 12.1% of votes (146 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Shuster’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th 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 41st 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 49th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Shuster cosponsored 125 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 (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 48th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 20 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Shuster’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Shuster caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 84th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shuster introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 1082: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018; H.R. 4: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018; H.R. 8: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 2997: 21st Century AIRR Act; H.R. 6897: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 7329: To make technical corrections to ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Introduced the 97th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Shuster introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Shuster introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 6897: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Shuster’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 4: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018; H.R. 8: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 1916: Patriot Inventory Protection Act; H.R. 2997: 21st Century AIRR Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

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

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 125 bills that Shuster cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Shuster supported any of 32 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.