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Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Goodlatte’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Goodlatte’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 Virginia Delegation

Goodlatte 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 Goodlatte’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Virginia Delegation

Of the 178 bills that Goodlatte cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 5th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Goodlatte’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Goodlatte introduced 4 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 1067: To make revisions in title ...; H.R. 1068: To enact title 54, United ...; H.R. 1123: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless ...; H.R. 4323: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

12 of Goodlatte’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 352: Tax Code Termination Act; H.R. 1067: To make revisions in title ...; H.R. 1068: To enact title 54, United ...; H.R. 1123: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless ...; H.R. 1461: Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act; H.R. 1773: AG Act; H.R. 2122: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013; H.R. 3086: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act; H.R. 3309: Innovation Act; H.R. 4323: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of ...; H.J.Res. 1: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...; H.J.Res. 2: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 69% of Goodlatte’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Goodlatte’s bills and resolutions had 866 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Goodlatte introduced 9 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1067: To make revisions in title ...; H.R. 1068: To enact title 54, United ...; H.R. 1123: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless ...; H.R. 1773: AG Act; H.R. 2122: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013; H.R. 3086: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act; H.R. 3309: Innovation Act; H.R. 4323: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 5162: To amend the Act entitled ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 26th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Goodlatte’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Was 27th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Goodlatte missed 1.2% of votes (14 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Goodlatte’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (24th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 98th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Goodlatte cosponsored 178 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 Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Goodlatte’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. 1123: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless ...; H.R. 3086: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act; H.J.Res. 1: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Goodlatte introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Goodlatte supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Goodlatte 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Virginia 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).


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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.