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Rep. Diane Black’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Black’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Leadership Score

2nd best score among 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Black’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Tennessee Delegation the best score out of 9
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House Republicans 2nd best score out of 247
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All Representatives 2nd best score out of 439
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Cosponsors

5th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Black’s bills and resolutions had 1,241 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Tennessee Delegation the most cosponsors out of 9 100
1,241 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 2nd most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 5th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

8th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

Black introduced 39 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Tennessee Delegation the most bills out of 9 7
39 bills View All
House Republicans 8th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 18th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

13th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 3 others

13 of Black’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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 ...; H.R. 4428: Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act ...; H.R. 5654: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Tennessee Delegation the most bills out of 9 0
13 bills View All
House Republicans 9th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 13th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

16th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Black’s 39 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Tennessee Delegation the most bills out of 9 2
18 bills View All
House Republicans 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

17th most conservative among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Black’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Tennessee Delegation 3rd most conservative out of 9
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House Republicans 17th most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 17th most conservative out of 439
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

46th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 299 bills that Black cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Tennessee Delegation 3rd least bipartisan out of 9 5
50% of bills View All
House Republicans 45th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 46th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

51st most bills among House Republicans

Black cosponsored 299 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Tennessee Delegation 4th most bills out of 9 172
756 bills View All
House Republicans 51st most bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 182nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

44th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 20 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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 ...; H.R. 4442: CONNECT for Health Act; H.R. 5654: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Tennessee Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 24th most bills (tied w/ 13) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 44th most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

82nd most absent among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Black missed 5.2% of votes (69 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Black’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Tennessee Delegation 3rd most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 9 1
27% missed votes View All
All Representatives 82nd most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

82nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 54 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Black introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Tennessee Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 9 0
4 bills View All
House Republicans 76th most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Black’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Tennessee Delegation the lowest score (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
5 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Black supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Tennessee Delegation least supportive along with 4 others out of 9 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Black introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Tennessee Delegation fewest bills along with 5 others out of 9 0
3 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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 114th Congress) 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.