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Rep. Don Young’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Alaska's At-Large District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 1973 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Young’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 Young’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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to All Representatives

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Young’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. 585: Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of ...; H.R. 586: Denali National Park Improvement Act; H.R. 587: Niblack and Bokan Mountain Mining ...; H.R. 623: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ...; H.R. 1306: Southeast Alaska Native Land Conveyance ...; H.R. 1307: To amend the Omnibus Budget ...; H.R. 3229: Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations ...; H.R. 3379: Federal Submerged Lands Transportation Development ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the most bills compared to House Republicans

Young introduced 32 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Young introduced 2 bills 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. 588: Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act ...; H.R. 623: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 198 bills that Young cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Young introduced 7 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 585: Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of ...; H.R. 586: Denali National Park Improvement Act; H.R. 588: Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act ...; H.R. 623: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ...; H.R. 740: Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement ...; H.R. 1548: Native American Energy Act; H.R. 1818: Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 14th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Young missed 13.1% of votes (84 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Young’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th lowest % of bills compared to House Republicans

Young tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 19% of Young’s 32 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Republicans (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 9 others)

4 of Young’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. 588: Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act ...; H.R. 740: Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement ...; H.R. 1667: Prevention of Escapement of Genetically ...; H.R. 3229: Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 30th most bills compared to House Republicans

Young cosponsored 198 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 Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Ranked 37th 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 Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Young held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Young’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Young’s bills and resolutions had 106 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 Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

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 Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (44th 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.