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Rep. Doc Hastings’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Hastings’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Hastings’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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Washington Delegation

3 of Hastings’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 1159: Cabin Fee Act of 2013; H.R. 1526: Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy ...; H.R. 2231: Offshore Energy and Jobs Act

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Hastings cosponsored 47 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); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Hastings held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Hastings’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Washington Delegation

Of the 47 bills that Hastings cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (10th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Hastings’s bills and resolutions had 74 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hastings introduced 10 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 527: Helium Stewardship Act of 2013; H.R. 1156: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 1157: Rattlesnake Mountain Public Access Act; H.R. 1158: North Cascades National Park Service ...; H.R. 1159: Cabin Fee Act of 2013; H.R. 1208: Manhattan Project National Historical Park ...; H.R. 1308: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation ...; H.R. 1526: Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy ...; H.R. 1964: National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access ...; H.R. 2231: Offshore Energy and Jobs Act

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked 16th 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hastings’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Was 37th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

Hastings missed 1.1% of votes (7 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Hastings’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (30th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Hastings introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 527: Helium Stewardship Act of 2013

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Hastings introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Hastings’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.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Hastings tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Hastings’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (50th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hastings’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hastings supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hastings 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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 2013) 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.