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Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Maine's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Poliquin’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 Poliquin’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 the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Poliquin’s bills and resolutions had 35 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 House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Poliquin’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Those bills were: H.R. 1177: Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow ...; H.R. 1312: Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement ...; H.R. 1687: Tax Relief for Guard and ...; H.R. 4113: Veterans Access to Long Term ...; H.R. 4266: Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Was 11th most present in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 3 others)

Poliquin missed 1.1% of votes (13 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Poliquin’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (17th percentile); All Representatives (21st 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 17th bottom/follower compared to House Republicans

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 Poliquin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (7th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 55th most bills compared to House Republicans

Poliquin cosponsored 276 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 House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 55th 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 276 bills that Poliquin cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 84th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Poliquin introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1177: Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow ...; H.R. 1312: Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement ...; H.R. 1638: Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act; H.R. 3657: To amend title 38, United ...; H.R. 4266: Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification ...; H.R. 4566: Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Poliquin introduced 2 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. 1177: Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow ...; H.R. 3657: To amend title 38, United ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Poliquin introduced 19 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Poliquin’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.

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Poliquin’s 19 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Poliquin caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all House Sophomores (57th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Poliquin 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 Poliquin’s Profile »

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


 

Government Transparency

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

Poliquin cosponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (57th 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.