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Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 8th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Fitzpatrick’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 Fitzpatrick’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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to House Republicans

Fitzpatrick cosponsored 554 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 24 of Fitzpatrick’s 32 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Fitzpatrick caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 Fitzpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to House Freshmen

GovTrack looked at whether Fitzpatrick supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Fitzpatrick 8 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Fitzpatrick cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 1934: To establish a 5-year ban ...; H.R. 4077: Honest Ads Act; H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 5415: Good Accounting Obligation in Government ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Fitzpatrick missed 0.3% of votes (4 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Fitzpatrick’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (11th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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.


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Fitzpatrick’s bills and resolutions had 562 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Freshmen (97th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Fitzpatrick introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 554 bills that Fitzpatrick cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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 3rd most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fitzpatrick introduced 7 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1249: DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act ...; H.R. 2594: Small Business Payment for Performance ...; H.R. 3284: Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series ...; H.R. 4203: Combat Online Predators Act; H.R. 4581: Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange ...; H.R. 5247: Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan ...; H.R. 5796: Responsible Education Achieves Care and ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 6 others)

5 of Fitzpatrick’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.Res. 588: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.R. 1249: DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act ...; H.R. 4581: Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange ...; H.R. 5247: Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan ...; H.R. 5796: Responsible Education Achieves Care and ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fitzpatrick introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (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. 3 of Fitzpatrick’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. 911: Saracini Aviation Safety Act of ...; H.R. 6970: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6971: Cabinet Service Integrity Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Fitzpatrick 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 Fitzpatrick’s Profile »

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


 

Ideology Score

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 Fitzpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); House Freshmen (69th percentile); House Republicans (40th 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.