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Rep. Curtis “Curt” Clawson’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 19th District
Republican
Served Jun 24, 2014 – Jan 3, 2017


These statistics cover Clawson’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Clawson’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 House Sophomores

Clawson cosponsored 149 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 Florida Delegation (4th percentile); House Sophomores (1st percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Clawson missed 8.6% of votes (114 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Clawson’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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.


 

Got the 6th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Clawson’s bills and resolutions had 67 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (7th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th bottom/follower compared to House Sophomores

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Clawson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (8th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 23rd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 149 bills that Clawson cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (47th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Clawson introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 890: To revise the boundaries of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Clawson introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Clawson introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 890: To revise the boundaries of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (41st percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Clawson’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (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. 1 of Clawson’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. 364: Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Clawson’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (37th percentile); House Sophomores (36th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Clawson 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 Clawson’s Profile »

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Clawson supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Clawson 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Clawson cosponsored H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st 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 the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.