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Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Smith’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Smith’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 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Smith cosponsored 107 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 New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Smith held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Smith introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 18th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 54% of Smith’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 19th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 20th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 107 bills that Smith cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 16 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Smith introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1897: Vietnam Human Rights Act of ...; H.R. 3212: Sean and David Goldman International ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 31st 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Got the 32nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Smith’s bills and resolutions had 446 cosponsors in 2013. 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 New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 30th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 21 others)

3 of Smith’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; H.R. 1777: Increasing American Jobs Through Greater ...; H.R. 1897: Vietnam Human Rights Act of ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Smith introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Smith’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. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; H.R. 1777: Increasing American Jobs Through Greater ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Smith missed 3.3% of votes (21 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (64th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Smith supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Smith 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) 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.

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