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Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Shea-Porter’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 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.

 

Ranked most liberal compared to Competitive House Seats

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 Shea-Porter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Shea-Porter cosponsored 609 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 (98th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th lowest % of bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Shea-Porter tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 24% of Shea-Porter’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (10th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 3 others)

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).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

Shea-Porter introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (80th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

Shea-Porter missed 3.3% of votes (40 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Shea-Porter’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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 bicameral support on the 22nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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.Res. 720: Expressing the condolences of the ...; H.R. 1688: Never Contract With the Enemy ...; H.R. 3990: Personal Data Privacy and Security ...; H.R. 4560: Service Members Student Loan Relief ...; H.R. 4917: Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 108th bottom follower compared to 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shea-Porter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (27th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shea-Porter introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Shea-Porter’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.R. 4483: STEM Mentoring and Inspiration Act ...; H.R. 5156: Wildlife Disease Emergency Act of ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

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 »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 609 bills that Shea-Porter cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (41st percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Shea-Porter introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Shea-Porter’s bills and resolutions had 129 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 Competitive House Seats (32nd percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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.