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Rep. Dave Camp’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Camp’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Camp cosponsored 68 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 (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); Safe House Seats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

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).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Camp introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to All Representatives

Camp introduced 5 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 325: No Budget, No Pay Act ...; H.R. 4980: Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening ...; H.R. 4994: IMPACT Act of 2014; H.R. 5021: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...; H.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Ranked the 3rd 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Camp’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

11 of Camp’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 4: ALERT Act of 2014; 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 ...; H.R. 3830: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act ...; H.R. 4980: Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening ...; H.R. 4994: IMPACT Act of 2014; H.R. 5021: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...; H.R. 5528: Tax Technical Corrections Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 68 bills that Camp cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 27th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Camp’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Camp introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 890: Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement ...; H.R. 3865: Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs ...; H.R. 5021: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 3830: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act ...; H.R. 4994: IMPACT Act of 2014; H.R. 5861: Guarding Our Great Lakes Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Camp missed 1.7% of votes (21 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Camp’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Camp tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 35% of Camp’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (40th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Camp’s bills and resolutions had 214 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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).


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 113th Congress) 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.