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Rep. Denny Heck’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 10th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Heck’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 Heck’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 Washington Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Heck supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Heck 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Heck cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Heck introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Heck’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. 4131: Bring the Ancient One Home ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Washington Delegation

Heck’s bills and resolutions had 65 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 »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

5 of Heck’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.

Those bills were: H.Res. 374: Recognizing the 50th anniversary of ...; H.R. 936: Marine Disease Emergency Act of ...; H.R. 2270: Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your ...; H.R. 3630: Promoting United Government Efforts to ...; H.R. 4131: Bring the Ancient One Home ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Sophomores (92nd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 6 others)

Heck missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Heck’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (21st 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 32nd most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 180 bills that Heck cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Heck introduced 1 bill 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 2270: Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Sophomores (86th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heck introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2270: Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Heck 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 Heck’s Profile »

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Heck cosponsored 180 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 (50th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th 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 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.