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Rep. David “Dave” Brat’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 7th District
Republican
Served Nov 12, 2014 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Brat’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 Brat’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Virginia Delegation

Of the 109 bills that Brat cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (8th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (6th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Brat introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 2693: To designate the arboretum at ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Virginia Delegation

Brat cosponsored 109 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 Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); House Freshmen (28th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (18th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Brat’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. 2693: To designate the arboretum at ...; H.R. 4094: Universal Savings Account Act; H.R. 4300: Arm All Pilots Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

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

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th top leader compared to 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brat’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (78th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Brat supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Brat 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Brat sponsored H.R. 4006: Statutes at Large Modernization Act

Brat cosponsored H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 107th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 Brat’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brat introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Brat’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. 3804: Cost Estimates Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (31st percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Brat 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. View Brat’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Brat’s bills and resolutions had 85 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 Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Brat missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Brat’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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.


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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