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Rep. Conor Lamb’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 17th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Lamb’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 Lamb’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.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to House Sophomores

Lamb 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 Lamb’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 4th most present in votes compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Lamb missed 0.8% of votes (8 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Lamb’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd 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 their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 2359: Whole Veteran Act; H.R. 2385: To permit the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3207: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 3598: FREED Vets Act; H.R. 5428: Grid Modernization Research and Development ...; H.R. 8147: TREAT Act; H.R. 8149: VA Precision Medicine Act; H.R. 8426: Protecting Apprenticeship Training for Veterans ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (91st percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Lamb introduced 6 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. 2359: Whole Veteran Act; H.R. 2385: To permit the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3207: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 8147: TREAT Act; H.R. 8149: VA Precision Medicine Act; H.R. 8426: Protecting Apprenticeship Training for Veterans ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th most often compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 329 bills that Lamb cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (39th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 26th most politically right compared to House Democrats

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 Lamb’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (35th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 30th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Lamb cosponsored 329 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Ranked the 37th bottom/follower compared to House Democrats

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 Lamb’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Got the 43rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Lamb’s bills and resolutions had 196 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (35th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Introduced the 54th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 20 others)

Lamb introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 61st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Lamb’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lamb caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Sophomores (83rd percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 34 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Lamb’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. 2103: Tax Fairness for Workers Act; H.R. 6101: Ending Passenger Rail Forced Arbitration ...; H.R. 6981: PPP DEAL Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 104th least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 59 others)

2 of Lamb’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.R. 3598: FREED Vets Act; H.R. 5428: Grid Modernization Research and Development ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (29th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (24th 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.