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Rep. Candice Miller’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 10th District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Dec 31, 2016


These special statistics cover Miller’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Miller’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 most present in votes compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Miller missed 0.2% of votes (2 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Miller’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); Safe House Seats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (3rd 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 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Miller’s bills and resolutions had 141 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Miller held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Miller’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 26th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 53% of Miller’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (70th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 28th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Miller introduced 5 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 115: Providing for the expenses of ...; H.Res. 127: Dismissing the election contest relating ...; H.Res. 277: Dismissing the election contest relating ...; H.Res. 278: Dismissing the election contest relating ...; H.R. 3846: United States Customs and Border ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Ranked 36th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 29th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

7 of Miller’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 77: Academic Competition Resolution of 2013; H.Res. 142: Electing Members to the Joint ...; H.R. 3141: Biometric Exit Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 3487: To amend the Federal Election ...; H.R. 3846: United States Customs and Border ...; H.R. 4279: United States Immigration and Customs ...; H.R. 5470: Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 210 bills that Miller cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Miller introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 3487: To amend the Federal Election ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Miller’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 Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Miller introduced 19 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Miller supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Miller 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Miller cosponsored 210 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 Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.