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Rep. Chris Pappas’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from New Hampshire's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Pappas’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Pappas’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 4th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Pappas cosponsored 458 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 House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Pappas’s bills and resolutions had 286 cosponsors in 2019. 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 House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Pappas’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Pappas’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. 1579: National POW/MIA Flag Act; H.R. 2195: PFAS Registry Act of 2019; H.R. 3582: To amend title 38, United ...; H.R. 5036: Put Patients First Act

Compare to all House Freshmen (86th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

Pappas introduced 15 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 15th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Pappas’s 15 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Pappas caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Was 28th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Pappas missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Pappas’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (8th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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 50th most right (~conservative) compared to House Democrats

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Pappas’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (35th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 96th least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 80 others)

1 of Pappas’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 4477: Reducing High Risk to Veterans ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Pappas introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 1579: National POW/MIA Flag Act

Compare to all House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pappas introduced 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1579: National POW/MIA Flag Act; H.R. 4477: Reducing High Risk to Veterans ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (52nd percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Pappas held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Pappas’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 458 bills that Pappas cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (28th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.