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Rep. David Schweikert’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Schweikert’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Schweikert’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Arizona Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Schweikert supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Schweikert 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schweikert cosponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Arizona Delegation

1 of Schweikert’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 4012: Secret Science Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Schweikert cosponsored 221 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 Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Schweikert introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Arizona Delegation

Of the 221 bills that Schweikert cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).

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


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Arizona Delegation

Schweikert missed 2.9% of votes (35 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Schweikert’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th 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 16th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Schweikert’s bills and resolutions had 98 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Ranked the 19th bottom/follower compared to House Sophomores

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schweikert’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 29th lowest % of bills compared to House Republicans

Schweikert tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 21% of Schweikert’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 71st 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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schweikert’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 49th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 47 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schweikert introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4012: Secret Science Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Schweikert introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Schweikert’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. 2348: Jumpstart GSE Reform Act; H.R. 4012: Secret Science Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (54th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Schweikert 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 Schweikert’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (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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