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Rep. Bradley Byrne’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Alabama's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 8, 2014 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Byrne’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 Byrne’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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Alabama Delegation

Byrne introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Alabama Delegation

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

Byrne cosponsored H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Byrne introduced 17 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 260: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.Res. 274: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 369: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 449: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 466: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 635: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 732: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 735: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.Res. 770: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 783: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.Res. 809: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 819: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 863: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 879: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 937: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 944: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.J.Res. 87: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th least often compared to House Sophomores

Of the 300 bills that Byrne cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (11th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th least often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 12 others)

2 of Byrne’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. 596: To repeal the Patient Protection ...; H.J.Res. 87: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Ranked 36th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 Byrne’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (92nd percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 50th most bills compared to House Republicans

Byrne cosponsored 300 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 Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 52nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Byrne’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (1st percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Byrne 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 Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Byrne’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.J.Res. 12: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...; H.J.Res. 87: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Byrne 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 Byrne’s Profile »

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


 

Cosponsors

Byrne’s bills and resolutions had 236 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 Alabama Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Byrne’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (68th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Byrne missed 3.1% of votes (41 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Byrne’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); All Representatives (61st 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.


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.