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Rep. Bryan Steil’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Steil’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Steil’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Steil introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (17th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Steil’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.

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

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Steil’s 5 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Steil caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Steil cosponsored 87 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 Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (9th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Steil missed 0.9% of votes (6 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Steil’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (53rd percentile); All Representatives (31st 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 influential cosponsors the least often compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

0 of Steil’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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 Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Steil’s bills and resolutions had 68 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Wisconsin Delegation (14th percentile); House Freshmen (40th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th most often compared to House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 87 bills that Steil cosponsored, 53% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (71st percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (87th 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 24th least often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 24 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Steil introduced 1 bill in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3050: Expanding Investment in Small Businesses ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (43rd percentile); House Freshmen (25th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Steil introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Wisconsin 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.


 

Committee Positions

Steil 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 Steil’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.