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Rep. Collin Peterson’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Minnesota's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 1991 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Peterson’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 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 219 bills that Peterson cosponsored, 71% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

Peterson introduced 2 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

Peterson’s bills and resolutions had 38 cosponsors in 2017. 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); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

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 (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Minnesota Delegation (tied with 1 other)

0 of Peterson’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Peterson’s 2 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 10 others)

Peterson missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Peterson’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); All Representatives (21st 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 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 424: Gray Wolf State Management Act ...; H.R. 453: Relief from New Source Performance ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Peterson cosponsored 219 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); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Peterson introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Peterson supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Peterson 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Peterson cosponsored H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.