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Rep. Billy Long’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Missouri's 7th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Long’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 Long’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 Missouri Delegation

Of the 223 bills that Long cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Missouri Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Long’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 Missouri Delegation (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.


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Missouri Delegation

Long cosponsored 223 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 Missouri Delegation (25th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 51st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Long introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (13th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 100th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 43 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Long’s 7 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Long introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Long introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Long’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. 815: Access to Professional Health Insurance ...; H.R. 5182: Promoting Life-Saving New Therapies for ...

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Long held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Long’s Profile »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Long’s bills and resolutions had 204 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 »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (63rd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Long missed 4.5% of votes (59 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Long’s Profile »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (50th percentile); All Representatives (74th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Long supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Long 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Long cosponsored H.R. 598: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; H.R. 690: Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act ...

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (63rd percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (52nd 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 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.