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Rep. Doc Hastings’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Hastings’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 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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation

Hastings cosponsored 84 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 (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); Safe House Seats (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Washington Delegation

Of the 84 bills that Hastings cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Hastings introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 527: Helium Stewardship Act of 2013; H.R. 1158: North Cascades National Park Service ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (80th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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.


 

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 (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Washington Delegation

Hastings’s bills and resolutions had 121 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 Washington Delegation (10th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hastings introduced 16 bills in the 113th Congress 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; H.R. 3981: Accelerated Revenue, Repayment, and Surface ...; H.R. 4315: Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness ...; H.R. 4742: Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing ...; H.R. 4873: Cabin Fee Act of 2014; H.R. 5412: Bureau of Reclamation Surface Water ...; H.R. 5476: Cabin Fee Act of 2014

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked 29th 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 the 113th Congress 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 (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 34th lowest % of bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Hastings tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of Hastings’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (29th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 54th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Hastings introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hastings missed 2.0% of votes (24 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Hastings’s Profile »

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Hastings’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. 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 (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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).


 

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.


 

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

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Republicans (28th 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.