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Rep. Dave Camp’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2015


These special year-end statistics cover Camp’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 Camp’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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Camp held a leadership position on 2 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 Camp’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Camp cosponsored 47 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 (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

5 of Camp’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. 325: No Budget, No Pay Act ...; H.R. 890: Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement ...; H.R. 2708: To amend the Harmonized Tariff ...; H.R. 2709: To extend the Generalized System ...; H.R. 3205: Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Camp missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Camp’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (20th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 36th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Of the 47 bills that Camp cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.R. 890: Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Camp 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. 325: No Budget, No Pay Act ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Camp’s bills and resolutions had 86 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 (29th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Camp introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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.