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Rep. David Reichert’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Reichert’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation

Reichert cosponsored 145 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Washington Delegation

Reichert introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 3732: Emergency Aid to American Survivors ...; H.R. 4979: To extend the Generalized System ...; H.R. 6124: Tribal Social Security Fairness Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Washington Delegation

Reichert missed 3.2% of votes (39 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Reichert’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th 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.


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Reichert’s bills and resolutions had 1,163 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Washington Delegation (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th 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 the 115th Congress 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 (98th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th 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 the 115th Congress 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 (57th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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 ...; H.R. 4732: National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st 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. 21 of Reichert’s 23 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Reichert caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 27th 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 145 bills that Reichert cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 36th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

6 of Reichert’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.Res. 466: Supporting the role of the ...; H.R. 930: Lymphedema Treatment Act; H.R. 2092: Promotion and Expansion of Private ...; H.R. 3152: Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform ...; H.R. 4979: To extend the Generalized System ...; H.R. 5853: Preserving Welfare for Needs Not ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Reichert introduced 23 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Reichert introduced 5 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of ...; H.R. 1791: Mountains to Sound Greenway National ...; H.R. 3732: Emergency Aid to American Survivors ...; H.R. 4979: To extend the Generalized System ...; H.R. 6124: Tribal Social Security Fairness Act ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Reichert supported any of 32 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 (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (47th 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 115th Congress) 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.