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Rep. David “Dave” Brat’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Brat’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 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 245 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 (6th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to House Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Brat supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Brat 8 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 ...; H.R. 5493: EDIT Act; H.R. 5760: Searchable Legislation Act of 2016; H.R. 5759: Readable Legislation Act of 2016; H.R. 5876: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Freshmen (95th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to House Freshmen

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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.Res. 698: Amending the Rules of the ...; H.Res. 707: Amending the Rules of the ...; H.R. 2693: To designate the arboretum at ...; H.R. 4094: Universal Savings Account Act; H.R. 4300: Arm All Pilots Act of ...; H.R. 5324: Health Savings Account Expansion Act ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Freshmen (95th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brat introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5032: To allow certain property in ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Brat introduced 19 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (85th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Was 10th most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen

Brat missed 3.5% of votes (46 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Brat’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); All Representatives (64th 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.


 

Ranked the 16th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brat’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Ranked 40th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brat’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Freshmen (85th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Brat’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. 3804: Cost Estimates Reform Act of ...; H.R. 5824: Religious FIRE Act; H.J.Res. 55: Proposing a balanced budget amendment ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Brat cosponsored 245 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 (45th percentile); House Freshmen (47th percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Brat introduced 1 bill 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 2693: To designate the arboretum at ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Brat tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5 of Brat’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Brat’s bills and resolutions had 179 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 »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 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.