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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover McMorris Rodgers’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Washington Delegation

McMorris Rodgers missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 710 votes) in 2017. View McMorris Rodgers’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Washington Delegation

Of the 102 bills that McMorris Rodgers cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the least oftenn compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether McMorris Rodgers supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McMorris Rodgers 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McMorris Rodgers cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to Washington Delegation

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 2017 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 (75th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th 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 2017 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 (96th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got the 28th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

McMorris Rodgers’s bills and resolutions had 603 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (90th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 24th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 1834: Cancer Care Payment Reform Act ...; H.R. 1896: ABLE to Work Act of ...; H.R. 1897: ABLE Financial Planning Act; H.R. 2340: To extend the Secure Rural ...; H.R. 4111: Spurring Business in Communities Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 27th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McMorris Rodgers introduced 6 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 1: Electing officers of the House ...; H.Res. 6: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 51: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.R. 772: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act ...; H.R. 2465: Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act ...; H.R. 3043: Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 27th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of McMorris Rodgers’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Introduced the 33rd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

McMorris Rodgers introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 66th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

McMorris Rodgers cosponsored 102 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 (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of McMorris Rodgers’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 2340: To extend the Secure Rural ...; H.R. 2465: Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act ...; H.R. 4059: Ethical Patient Care for Veterans ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McMorris Rodgers introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.