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Rep. David Joyce’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Ohio's 14th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Joyce’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 Joyce’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 Introduced

2nd fewest bills among House Sophomores

Joyce introduced 3 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Ohio Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 15 1
25 bills View All
House Sophomores 2nd fewest bills out of 73 1
39 bills View All
House Republicans 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

14th fewest cosponsors among House Sophomores

Joyce’s bills and resolutions had 61 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Ohio Delegation 4th fewest cosponsors out of 15 8
419 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 14th fewest cosponsors out of 73 1
1,020 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 71st fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 99th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 121st fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

19th most absent among House Sophomores; tied with 1 other

Joyce missed 2.6% of votes (18 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Joyce’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Ohio Delegation 5th most absent out of 15 0
6% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 19th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
23% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 141st most absent (tied w/ 7) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 153rd most absent (tied w/ 8) out of 433 0
24% 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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

25th most bills among House Republicans

Joyce cosponsored 228 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
Ohio Delegation 6th most bills out of 15 107
303 bills View All
House Sophomores 27th most bills out of 73 87
480 bills View All
House Republicans 25th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 107th most bills out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 119th most bills out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

28th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 228 bills that Joyce cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Ohio Delegation 4th most bipartisan out of 15 4
40% of bills View All
House Sophomores 33rd least bipartisan out of 73 5
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 28th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 163rd most bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 193rd most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the Senate

67th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 60 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Joyce’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. 527: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.R. 223: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act ...; H.R. 4029: Pension Accountability Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Ohio Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 15 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 11th most bills (tied w/ 13) out of 73 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 39th most bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 61st most bills (tied w/ 52) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 67th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Joyce introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Ohio Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 15 0
9 bills View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 35 others out of 73 0
9 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 75 others out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 172 others out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Joyce’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Ohio Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 15 0
10 bills View All
House Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 76) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 93) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Joyce 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. 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 Joyce’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Ohio Delegation the lowest score (tied w/ 3) out of 15 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 46 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 139 others out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Joyce introduced 0 bills 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Ohio Delegation fewest bills along with 12 others out of 15 0
2 laws View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 62 others out of 73 0
3 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Joyce supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Joyce 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Ohio Delegation least supportive along with 9 others out of 15 0
4 points View All
House Sophomores least supportive along with 23 others out of 73 0
6 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 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 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.