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Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New Hampshire's 1st District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Shea-Porter’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Shea-Porter’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 5th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats

Shea-Porter missed 5.1% of votes (33 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Shea-Porter’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (79th 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 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Shea-Porter’s bills and resolutions had 47 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Competitive House Seats (14th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 19th most bills compared to All Representatives

Shea-Porter cosponsored 353 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 Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Shea-Porter introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Shea-Porter introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (47th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shea-Porter introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Shea-Porter’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.

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Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Shea-Porter’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.Res. 145: Recognizing the 50th anniversary of ...; H.R. 1688: Never Contract With the Enemy ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Shea-Porter 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 Shea-Porter’s Profile »

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Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 353 bills that Shea-Porter cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (37th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Shea-Porter supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Shea-Porter 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Shea-Porter cosponsored H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (86th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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 2013) 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.