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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover McMorris Rodgers’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 McMorris Rodgers’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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation

McMorris Rodgers cosponsored 94 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 Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Washington Delegation

Of the 94 bills that McMorris Rodgers cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Was 22nd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

McMorris Rodgers missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 704 votes) in 2015. View McMorris Rodgers’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (17th 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.


 

Ranked 39th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 McMorris Rodgers’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of McMorris Rodgers’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. 628: Steve Gleason Act of 2015; H.R. 678: 21st Century Classroom Innovation Act; H.R. 1312: National Health Service Corps Improvement ...; H.R. 1919: Steve Gleason Act of 2015

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 54th top leader 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McMorris Rodgers’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Introduced the 52nd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

McMorris Rodgers introduced 15 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got the 83rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

McMorris Rodgers’s bills and resolutions had 330 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 »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of McMorris Rodgers’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. 628: Steve Gleason Act of 2015; H.R. 1312: National Health Service Corps Improvement ...; H.R. 2017: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

McMorris Rodgers 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 McMorris Rodgers’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McMorris Rodgers supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McMorris Rodgers 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McMorris Rodgers 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. 1919: Steve Gleason Act of 2015

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McMorris Rodgers introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2017: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

McMorris Rodgers tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 47% of McMorris Rodgers’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


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 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.