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Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s 2016 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 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 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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the most bills among Virginia Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Goodlatte’s 23 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation the most bills out of 11 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 29th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 33rd most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

the highest score among Virginia Delegation; tied with 1 other

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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Virginia Delegation the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 11 0
5 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
 

Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among Virginia Delegation

Goodlatte introduced 23 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 2nd most bills out of 11 5
26 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 55th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 56th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 102nd most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

2nd least supportive among Virginia Delegation; tied with 2 others

GovTrack looked at whether Goodlatte supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Goodlatte 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Virginia Delegation 2nd least supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 11 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th least supportive (tied w/ 32) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans 49th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

2nd most bills among Virginia Delegation; tied with 2 others

Goodlatte introduced 1 bill 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. 6130: Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 11 0
2 View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans 55th most bills (tied w/ 82) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) 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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

4th fewest bills among Virginia Delegation

Goodlatte cosponsored 210 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
Virginia Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 11 115
465 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 54th fewest bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 105th fewest bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 124th fewest bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

7th 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 Goodlatte’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Virginia Delegation the best score out of 11
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Serving 10+ Years 4th best score out of 185
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House Republicans 7th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 7th best score out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

8th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

15 of Goodlatte’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. 9: Innovation Act; H.R. 27: Tax Code Termination Act; H.R. 185: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015; H.R. 235: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act; H.R. 703: Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act; H.R. 1656: Secret Service Improvements Act of ...; H.R. 1927: Fairness in Class Action Litigation ...; H.R. 3713: Sentencing Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 5063: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 5992: American Job Creation and Investment ...; H.R. 6130: Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act ...; H.Con.Res. 123: Recognizing the George C. Marshall ...; H.Con.Res. 138: Designating the George C. Marshall ...; H.J.Res. 1: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...; H.J.Res. 2: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation the most bills out of 11 0
15 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 8th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 8th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

17th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Goodlatte’s bills and resolutions had 909 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
Virginia Delegation the most cosponsors out of 11 25
909 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 10th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 17th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

16th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 4 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Goodlatte introduced 9 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 9: Innovation Act; H.R. 1656: Secret Service Improvements Act of ...; H.R. 1927: Fairness in Class Action Litigation ...; H.R. 2288: To remove the use restrictions ...; H.R. 2830: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 2831: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 2832: To make technical amendments to ...; H.R. 3713: Sentencing Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 5063: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation the most bills out of 11 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 16th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

24th most conservative among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Goodlatte’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Virginia Delegation 3rd most conservative out of 11
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Serving 10+ Years 24th most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 101st most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 101st most conservative out of 439
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

36th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 210 bills that Goodlatte cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Virginia Delegation 2nd least bipartisan out of 11 4
37% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 35th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 36th 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.

 

Missed Votes

40th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

Goodlatte missed 1.4% of votes (18 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Goodlatte’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Virginia Delegation 6th most voting out of 11 1
8% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 132nd 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.

 

Working with the Senate

63rd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 30 others

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. 2288: To remove the use restrictions ...; H.Con.Res. 123: Recognizing the George C. Marshall ...; H.J.Res. 1: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Virginia Delegation 5th most bills out of 11 0
6 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 63rd most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

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.