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Rep. Dan Benishek’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Benishek cosponsored 187 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 (79th percentile); Competitive House Seats (58th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most conservative compared to Competitive House Seats

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Benishek’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Was 4th most present in votes compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 3 others)

Benishek missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Benishek’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); Competitive House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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.


 

Ranked the 10th top leader compared to Competitive House Seats

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Benishek’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Benishek’s bills and resolutions had 213 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (71st percentile); Competitive House Seats (80th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 59th 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 187 bills that Benishek cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (33rd percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Benishek introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Benishek introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Benishek introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2256: Veterans Information Modernization Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Benishek’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1769: Toxic Exposure Research Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); Competitive House Seats (31st percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (21st 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 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. 1769: Toxic Exposure Research Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (35th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

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 (29th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Benishek supported any of 28 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 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 2015) 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.

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