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Rep. Dan Benishek’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 1st District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Benishek’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 Benishek’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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Benishek’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. 163: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ...; H.R. 1171: FOR VETS Act of 2013; H.R. 2016: Military Justice Improvement Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (84th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to Michigan Delegation

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 Benishek’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); Competitive House Seats (79th percentile); House Sophomores (81st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Benishek introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); Competitive House Seats (74th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to Competitive House Seats

Of the 202 bills that Benishek cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); Competitive House Seats (9th percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Michigan Delegation (tied with 3 others)

1 of Benishek’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. 1825: Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); Competitive House Seats (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Benishek’s bills and resolutions had 224 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 Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Benishek introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1171: FOR VETS Act of 2013; H.R. 1825: Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage ...; H.R. 2072: Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 28th most bills compared to House Republicans

Benishek cosponsored 202 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 Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); Competitive House Seats (70th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Ranked 29th 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 Benishek’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 34th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 54% of Benishek’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

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


 

Was 55th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

Benishek missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Benishek’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Competitive House Seats (19th percentile); House Sophomores (20th percentile); All Representatives (13th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Benishek 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. 1171: FOR VETS Act of 2013

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Competitive House Seats (81st percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Benishek held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Benishek’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.