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Rep. Candice Miller’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Miller’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Committee Positions

the highest score among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Miller held a leadership position on 2 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 Miller’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Michigan Delegation the highest score out of 14 0
11 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the highest score out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among Michigan Delegation

Miller introduced 15 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 2nd most bills out of 14 2
28 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 18th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 1
33 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 52nd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 52nd most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 84th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 94th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

5th least supportive among Michigan Delegation; tied with 5 others

GovTrack looked at whether Miller supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Miller 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 1615: DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Michigan Delegation 5th least supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 14 0
4 points View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 18th most supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 53 0
9 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 71st least supportive (tied w/ 28) out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans 24th most supportive (tied w/ 52) out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats 146th most supportive (tied w/ 81) out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 157th most supportive (tied w/ 94) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

21st highest % of bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 3 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 47% of Miller’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th highest % of bills out of 32 7
67% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st highest % of bills (tied w/ 3) out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 42nd highest % of bills (tied w/ 4) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 43rd highest % of bills (tied w/ 6) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 53rd highest % of bills (tied w/ 6) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the Senate

21st most bills among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 11 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 910: Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility ...; H.R. 1135: Defending Our Great Lakes Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 14 0
4 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 21st most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 53 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 55th most bills (tied w/ 31) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 72nd most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 114th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 71) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

25th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 15 others

Miller missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Miller’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Michigan Delegation 3rd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
7% missed votes View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 7th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 52 0
19% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 22nd most voting (tied w/ 11) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 25th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 433 0
24% 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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

29th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 10 others

6 of Miller’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 158: Visa Waiver Program Improvement and ...; H.R. 229: Biometric Exit Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 877: United States Immigration and Customs ...; H.R. 878: United States Customs and Border ...; H.R. 1213: Office of Compliance Administrative and ...; H.R. 3586: Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 2nd most bills out of 14 0
12 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most bills out of 53 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 18th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 21st most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 27th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 29th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

34th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 16 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Miller introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 132: Providing for the expenses of ...; H.R. 158: Visa Waiver Program Improvement and ...; H.R. 3586: Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 2nd most bills out of 14 0
5 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 14th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 20th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 33rd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 32nd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 34th most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

42nd most conservative among 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Michigan Delegation 5th most conservative out of 14
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th most conservative out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 42nd most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 91st most liberal out of 247
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Safe House Seats 142nd most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 157th most conservative out of 440
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

50th least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 134 bills that Miller cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Michigan Delegation 6th least bipartisan out of 14 2
34% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 25th least bipartisan out of 53 1
72% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 50th least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 81st most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 156th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 168th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

94th most cosponsors among House Republicans

Miller’s bills and resolutions had 171 cosponsors in 2015. 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
Michigan Delegation 6th most cosponsors out of 14 2
467 cosponsors View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 25th fewest cosponsors out of 53 0
888 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 80th most cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 94th most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 158th most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 175th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

128th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Miller cosponsored 134 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
Michigan Delegation 5th fewest bills out of 14 41
405 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 34
599 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 53rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 107th fewest bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 114th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 128th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

137th best 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Miller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Michigan Delegation 6th best score out of 14
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 26th best score out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 63rd best score out of 169
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House Republicans 103rd best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 125th best score out of 385
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All Representatives 137th best score out of 440
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Laws Enacted

Miller introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1213: Office of Compliance Administrative and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 14 0
1 laws View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 53 0
5 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats 12th most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

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 2015) 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.