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Rep. Dan Newhouse’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Newhouse’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 Newhouse’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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

the most bills among House Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Newhouse introduced 12 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 271: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 288: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 303: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 347: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.Res. 362: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 481: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 556: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 583: Providing for consideration of bill ...; H.Res. 619: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 743: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 820: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 3216: VET Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation the most bills out of 10 0
12 bills View All
House Freshmen the most bills out of 66 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 11th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 11th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among Washington Delegation

1 of Newhouse’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1651: Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation the fewest bills out of 10 1
6 bills View All
House Freshmen 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 66 0
13 bills View All
House Republicans 34th fewest bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 61st fewest bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

the least bipartisan among Washington Delegation

Of the 274 bills that Newhouse cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Washington Delegation the least bipartisan out of 10 11
42% of bills View All
House Freshmen 25th least bipartisan out of 64 3
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 121st least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 122nd least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the Senate

the fewest bills among Washington Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Newhouse’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation the fewest bills out of 10 0
9 bills View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 19 others out of 66 0
8 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 46) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 80) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

the most conservative among Washington Delegation

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

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Washington Delegation the most conservative out of 10
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House Freshmen 11th most conservative out of 66
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House Republicans 59th most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 59th most conservative out of 439
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

3rd fewest bills among Washington Delegation

Newhouse tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5 of Newhouse’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 10 2
21 bills View All
House Freshmen 18th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 66 0
21 bills View All
House Republicans 102nd fewest bills (tied w/ 26) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 190th fewest bills (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

4th fewest cosponsors among Washington Delegation

Newhouse’s bills and resolutions had 142 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Washington Delegation 4th fewest cosponsors out of 10 55
817 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 25th most cosponsors out of 66 0
681 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 92nd fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 160th fewest cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

5th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Newhouse introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 10 10
30 bills View All
House Freshmen 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 66 0
26 bills View All
House Republicans 71st most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 131st most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

22nd best score among House Freshmen

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 Newhouse’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Washington Delegation 5th best score out of 10
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House Freshmen 22nd best score out of 66
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House Republicans 87th worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 189th worst score out of 439
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Missed Votes

46th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 10 others

Newhouse missed 0.7% of votes (9 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Newhouse’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Washington Delegation 4th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 10 0
23% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 16th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 64 0
10% missed votes View All
All Representatives 46th most voting (tied w/ 10) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

69th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 2 others

Newhouse cosponsored 274 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation 5th fewest bills out of 10 144
528 bills View All
House Freshmen 26th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 66 1
584 bills View All
House Republicans 69th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 214th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Newhouse 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. 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 Newhouse’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Washington Delegation lowest score along with 3 others out of 10 0
5 points View All
House Freshmen lowest score along with 36 others out of 66 0
1 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Newhouse supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Newhouse 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Washington Delegation least supportive along with 3 others out of 10 0
7 points View All
House Freshmen least supportive along with 22 others out of 66 0
8 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Newhouse introduced 0 bills 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Washington Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 10 0
3 View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 28 others out of 66 0
5 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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.