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Rep. Diane Black’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Black’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her 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 Black’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.

 

Ranked the 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Black’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Black’s bills and resolutions had 985 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 Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

11 of Black’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. 139: Condemning violence against religious minorities ...; H.R. 217: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition ...; H.R. 276: Immigration Compliance Enforcement (ICE) Act; H.R. 887: Electronic Health Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 940: Health Care Conscience Rights Act; H.R. 1739: FIREARM Act; H.R. 2247: ICD-TEN Act; H.R. 2579: Securing Care for Seniors Act ...; H.R. 2711: No Subsidies Without Verification Act ...; H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of ...; H.R. 3197: Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 14th most bills compared to All Representatives

Black introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 30th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Black’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 34th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Black introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 887: Electronic Health Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 2579: Securing Care for Seniors Act ...; H.J.Res. 43: Disapproving the action of the ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 45th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 52% of Black’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Black’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. 217: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition ...; H.R. 887: Electronic Health Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of ...; H.R. 4059: Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 59th most bills compared to House Republicans

Black cosponsored 185 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 Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 62nd least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 185 bills that Black cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Black 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.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (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.


 

Committee Positions

Black 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 Black’s Profile »

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


 

Missed Votes

Black missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Black’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 Black supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Black 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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