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Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Gardner’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 Gardner’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 2nd fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation

Gardner cosponsored 136 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 Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Colorado Delegation

Gardner missed 1.1% of votes (7 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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.


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 3 others)

Gardner introduced 15 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (86th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 68th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 136 bills that Gardner cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 79th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 104th 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 Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gardner 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 Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.R. 2279: Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Gardner’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. 1408: Animal Generic Drug User Fee ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Gardner’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. 3023: Water and Agriculture Tax Reform ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Gardner tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 47% of Gardner’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Sophomores (65th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Gardner held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Gardner’s bills and resolutions had 182 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 Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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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