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Rep. Collin Peterson’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Minnesota's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 1991 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Peterson’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 Peterson’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

Peterson introduced 2 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); Safe House Seats (4th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

Peterson’s bills and resolutions had 16 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 Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Minnesota Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Peterson introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 2251: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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.


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Minnesota Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Peterson held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 Peterson’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th 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 171 bills that Peterson cosponsored, 63% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Peterson missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Peterson’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (38th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (20th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Peterson introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2251: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Peterson’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.

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Peterson’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.

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

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Peterson cosponsored 171 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 Minnesota Delegation (38th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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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