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Rep. Brian Higgins’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New York's 26th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Higgins’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 Higgins’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.

 

Cosponsors

7th fewest cosponsors among New York Delegation

Higgins’s bills and resolutions had 121 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
New York Delegation 7th fewest cosponsors out of 27 35
1,460 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 53rd fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 57th fewest cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 139th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the Senate

5th fewest bills among New York Delegation; tied with 5 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Higgins’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. 2536: TREAT Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 27 0
10 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 37) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 35th fewest bills (tied w/ 36) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

6th least supportive among New York Delegation; tied with 4 others

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

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
New York Delegation 6th least supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 27 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th least supportive (tied w/ 32) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 9th least supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

9th fewest bills among New York Delegation; tied with 2 others

Higgins introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 27 6
48 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 83rd fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 85th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

9th fewest bills among New York Delegation; tied with 3 others

Higgins tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6 of Higgins’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 27 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 72nd most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 73rd most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 168th most bills (tied w/ 41) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

11th most voting among New York Delegation

Higgins missed 2.2% of votes (29 of 1,320 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Higgins’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
New York Delegation 11th most voting out of 27 0
13% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 72nd most voting out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 214th most voting 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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

68th most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 354 bills that Higgins cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
New York Delegation 6th most bipartisan out of 27 15
40% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 35th most bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 63rd most bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 68th most 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.

 

Leadership Score

97th worst 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 Higgins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
New York Delegation 7th worst score out of 27
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Serving 10+ Years 41st worst score out of 185
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House Democrats 52nd worst score out of 191
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All Representatives 97th worst score out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

113th most bills among All Representatives

Higgins cosponsored 354 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
New York Delegation 13th fewest bills out of 27 189
838 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 53rd most bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 95th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 113th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

115th most liberal among 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 Higgins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
New York Delegation 12th most conservative out of 27
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Serving 10+ Years 66th most liberal out of 185
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House Democrats 77th most conservative out of 191
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All Representatives 115th most liberal out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

127th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 50 others

4 of Higgins’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.Res. 307: Condemning the Republic of the ...; H.R. 2536: TREAT Act; H.R. 2855: Veterans Education Flexibility Act; H.R. 3350: Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 27 0
13 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 64th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 60th most bills (tied w/ 24) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 127th most bills (tied w/ 50) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

116th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 100 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Higgins introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3350: Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 27 0
11 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 57th fewest bills (tied w/ 42) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 51st most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Higgins held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Higgins’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
New York Delegation 5th highest score (tied w/ 13) out of 27 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 87) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Higgins 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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation fewest bills along with 10 others out of 27 0
5 View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 88 others out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 105 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others 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.

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.