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Rep. Bruce Westerman’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Arkansas's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Westerman’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 Westerman’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.

 

Was 4th most present in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Westerman missed 0.6% of votes (7 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Westerman’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (5th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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.


 

Introduced the 8th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 6 others)

Westerman introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (11th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Ranked 53rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Westerman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 55th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 28 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Westerman introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2936: Resilient Federal Forests Act of ...; H.R. 5923: Walnut Grove Land Exchange Act; H.R. 6355: PETITION Act of 2018

Compare to all House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 72nd least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 202 bills that Westerman cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (20th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Westerman introduced 1 bill 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. 5923: Walnut Grove Land Exchange Act

Compare to all House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Westerman’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. 2936: Resilient Federal Forests Act of ...; H.R. 6355: PETITION Act of 2018

Compare to all House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Westerman’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. 4395: Geospatial Data Act of 2017; H.R. 4843: To modify the presumption of ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (43rd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Westerman’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Westerman caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Westerman 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. View Westerman’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Westerman cosponsored 202 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 (30th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Westerman’s bills and resolutions had 129 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 (30th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Westerman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Westerman supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Westerman 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Westerman cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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.