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Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Smith’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Smith’s bills and resolutions had 1,307 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. 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); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to House Republicans

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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Smith cosponsored 281 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to House Republicans

Smith introduced 52 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to House Republicans

15 of Smith’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress 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.Res. 962: Expressing support for assisting East …; H.R. 20: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion …; H.R. 220: National Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases …; H.R. 221: Special Envoy to Monitor and …; H.R. 649: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act …; H.R. 784: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; H.R. 826: End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act; H.R. 1058: Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, …; H.R. 1427: To amend title 5, United …; H.R. 2077: Global Brain Health Act of …; H.R. 2435: Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act; H.R. 3289: Hong Kong Human Rights and …; H.R. 3460: End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act; H.R. 7276: East Africa Locust Eradication Act; H.R. 8438: Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and …

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to New Jersey Delegation

Smith missed 4.1% of votes (39 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 42 of Smith’s 52 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Smith caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Smith introduced 8 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 649: Expressing the support of the …; H.R. 221: Special Envoy to Monitor and …; H.R. 1058: Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, …; H.R. 3289: Hong Kong Human Rights and …; H.R. 3460: End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act; H.R. 4686: Sami’s Law; H.R. 7276: East Africa Locust Eradication Act; H.R. 8438: Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and …

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 281 bills that Smith cosponsored, 70% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 7th most laws compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Smith introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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. 221: Special Envoy to Monitor and …; H.R. 1058: Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, …; H.R. 3289: Hong Kong Human Rights and …

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (84th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 13th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 10 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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.Res. 167: Recognizing the rise of cardiovascular …; H.Res. 860: Recognizing the rise of cardiovascular …; H.R. 20: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion …; H.R. 2435: Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act; H.R. 3073: TICK Act; H.R. 8610: China Trade Relations Act of …

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 25th most politically left 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Smith 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 Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 the 116th Congress) 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.