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Rep. Chris Stewart’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Utah's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Stewart’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him 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 Stewart’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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to House Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Stewart’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. 743: To improve rangeland conditions and ...; H.R. 868: Veterans TRICARE Choice Act; H.R. 1669: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 1792: State Grazing Management Authority Act; H.R. 1793: Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat ...; H.R. 1997: Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act; H.R. 3172: Wild Horse Oversight Act

Compare to all House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to House Sophomores

Of the 158 bills that Stewart cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (15th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).

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


 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Stewart missed 4.5% of votes (32 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Stewart’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (77th 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.


 

Ranked 90th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 Stewart’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Stewart 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 Stewart’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Stewart’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. 868: Veterans TRICARE Choice Act

Compare to all House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Stewart cosponsored 158 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 Sophomores (26th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Stewart introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Stewart’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (68th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Stewart introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Stewart introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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

Stewart’s bills and resolutions had 140 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 House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th 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 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.