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Rep. David Reichert’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 8th District
Republican
Served Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Reichert’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Reichert’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 2nd fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation

Reichert cosponsored 99 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 Washington Delegation (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Ranked 9th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Reichert’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Reichert’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got the 15th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Reichert’s bills and resolutions had 650 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Washington Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Reichert’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Reichert’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. 930: Lymphedema Treatment Act; H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of ...; H.R. 1696: S Corporation Modernization Act of ...; H.R. 2060: Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster ...; H.R. 2860: Tribal Social Security Fairness Act; H.R. 3152: Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 99 bills that Reichert cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 41st most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

Reichert introduced 18 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Reichert introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 3732: Emergency Aid to American Survivors ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Reichert introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of ...; H.R. 3732: Emergency Aid to American Survivors ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Reichert’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Res. 466: Supporting the role of the ...; H.R. 2092: Promotion and Expansion of Private ...; H.R. 3152: Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Reichert held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Reichert’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Reichert missed 2.3% of votes (16 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Reichert’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Representatives (58th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Reichert supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Reichert 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Reichert cosponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.