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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the fewest bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation the fewest bills out of 14 68
643 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 2nd fewest bills out of 45 62
643 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th fewest bills out of 177 0
805 bills View All
House Republicans 8th fewest bills out of 234 0
615 bills View All
Safe House Seats 12th fewest bills out of 397 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 12th fewest bills out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

the highest score among 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Michigan Delegation the highest score out of 14 0
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Serving 10+ Years the highest score out of 177 0
10 points View All
House Republicans the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 234 0
10 points View All
Safe House Seats the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 397 0
10 points View All
All Representatives the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among Michigan Delegation

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 2nd most bills out of 14 3
37 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 14th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 45 0
42 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 57th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
67 bills View All
House Republicans 54th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 234 0
58 bills View All
Safe House Seats 96th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 397 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 105th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

3rd most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation the most bills out of 14 0
5 laws View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 2nd most bills out of 45 0
9 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 3rd most bills out of 177 0
9 laws View All
House Republicans 3rd most bills out of 234 0
9 laws View All
Safe House Seats 3rd most bills out of 397 0
9 laws View All
All Representatives 3rd most bills out of 441 0
9 laws View All

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.

 

Leadership Score

3rd best score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Michigan Delegation 3rd best score out of 14
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 14th best score out of 45
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Serving 10+ Years 50th best score out of 177
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House Republicans 90th best score out of 234
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Safe House Seats 99th best score out of 397
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All Representatives 110th best score out of 441
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Cosponsors

5th most cosponsors among Michigan Delegation

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Michigan Delegation 5th most cosponsors out of 14 23
714 cosponsors View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 22nd fewest cosponsors out of 45 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 86th most cosponsors out of 177 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 105th most cosponsors out of 234 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 168th most cosponsors out of 397 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 190th most cosponsors out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

8th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 2nd most bills out of 14 0
15 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th most bills out of 45 0
27 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 8th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
27 bills View All
House Republicans 5th most bills out of 234 0
27 bills View All
Safe House Seats 8th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 397 0
27 bills View All
All Representatives 8th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

21st least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Michigan Delegation 3rd least bipartisan out of 14 5
45% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 7th least bipartisan out of 45 2
61% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st least bipartisan out of 176 2
71% of bills View All
House Republicans 81st least bipartisan out of 232 1
42% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 79th least bipartisan out of 393 1
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 81st least bipartisan out of 437 1
71% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

27th most liberal among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Michigan Delegation 7th most conservative out of 14
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th most conservative out of 45
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Serving 10+ Years 67th most conservative out of 177
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House Republicans 27th most liberal out of 234
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Safe House Seats 195th most conservative out of 397
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All Representatives 209th most conservative out of 441
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Missed Votes

46th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 4 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Michigan Delegation 6th most absent out of 14 0
9% missed votes View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 45 0
11% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 46th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 172 0
58% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 146th most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 390 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 167th most voting (tied w/ 6) out of 434 0
58% 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.

 

Working with the Senate

41st most bills among House Republicans; tied with 27 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
5 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 45 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 47th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 177 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 41st most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 234 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 78th most bills (tied w/ 51) out of 397 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 89th most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

58th lowest % of bills among House Republicans

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.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Michigan Delegation 5th lowest % of bills out of 10 16
58% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 14th lowest % of bills out of 31 6
77% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th highest % of bills out of 121 0
86% of bills View All
House Republicans 58th lowest % of bills out of 141 5
100% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 115th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 250 0
100% of bills View All
All Representatives 139th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 281 0
100% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

59th most bills among 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 a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
5 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 13th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 45 0
23 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 29th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 177 0
23 bills View All
House Republicans 54th most bills (tied w/ 33) out of 234 0
23 bills View All
Safe House Seats 54th most bills (tied w/ 35) out of 397 0
23 bills View All
All Representatives 59th most bills (tied w/ 40) out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Camp supported any of 12 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Michigan Delegation least supportive along with 11 others out of 14 0
4 points View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 35 others out of 45 0
9 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 140 others out of 177 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 200 others out of 234 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 315 others out of 397 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 353 others out of 441 0
9 points View All

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 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.