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Rep. Brett Guthrie’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Kentucky's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Guthrie’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 Guthrie’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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Kentucky Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Guthrie’s 23 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Guthrie caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Kentucky Delegation

Guthrie missed 0.5% of votes (6 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Guthrie’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); All Representatives (8th 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 the 10th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Guthrie’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Guthrie’s bills and resolutions had 845 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 Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Guthrie introduced 6 bills 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. 302: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018; H.R. 1046: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; H.R. 1808: Improving Support for Missing and ...; H.R. 4256: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; H.R. 6042: To amend title XIX of ...; H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Ranked 21st 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Guthrie’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 18th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Guthrie’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. 592: Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas ...; H.R. 1046: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; H.R. 4256: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; H.R. 5306: EMPOWER Care Act; H.R. 6017: SPECTRUM NOW Act; H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 21st most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

8 of Guthrie’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. 592: Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas ...; H.R. 1046: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; H.R. 1808: Improving Support for Missing and ...; H.R. 4256: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; H.R. 5306: EMPOWER Care Act; H.R. 5327: Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act ...; H.R. 6042: To amend title XIX of ...; H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 27th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 219 bills that Guthrie cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 44th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Guthrie introduced 9 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 302: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018; H.R. 1046: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; H.R. 1635: Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial ...; H.R. 1808: Improving Support for Missing and ...; H.R. 4256: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; H.R. 5306: EMPOWER Care Act; H.R. 5327: Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act ...; H.R. 6042: To amend title XIX of ...; H.J.Res. 58: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Held the 48th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

Guthrie held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Guthrie’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Guthrie introduced 23 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Guthrie cosponsored 219 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 Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Guthrie supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Guthrie 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Guthrie cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.