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Rep. Don Young’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him 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 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.

 

Bills Introduced

the most bills among House Republicans

Young introduced 46 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most bills out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans the most bills out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 3rd most bills out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 3rd most bills out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

2nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 521: To provide for the conveyance ...; H.R. 672: Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension ...; H.R. 1728: Summer Meals Act of 2015; H.R. 2284: Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act; H.R. 2386: Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities ...; H.R. 2387: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment ...; H.R. 2388: Subsistence Access Management Act of ...; H.R. 3269: North Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation ...; H.R. 4289: To provide for the conveyance ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 2nd most bills out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
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Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

19th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 200 bills that Young cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 77th most bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 19th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 147th most bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 173rd most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

20th lowest % of bills among House Republicans

Young tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 24% of Young’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Serving 10+ Years 36th lowest % of bills out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 20th lowest % of bills out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 56th lowest % of bills out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 58th lowest % of bills out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

26th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 7 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Young introduced 4 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 336: To direct the Administrator of ...; H.R. 521: To provide for the conveyance ...; H.R. 538: Native American Energy Act; H.R. 1335: Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 15th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 25th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 25th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 26th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

41st most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 41st most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 94th most liberal out of 247
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Safe House Seats 139th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 154th most conservative out of 440
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Missed Votes

46th most absent among All Representatives

Young missed 6.7% of votes (46 of 690 votes) in 2015. View Young’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 24th most absent out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 44th most absent out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 46th most absent out of 433 0
24% 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 Cosponsored

47th most bills among House Republicans

Young cosponsored 200 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
Serving 10+ Years 66th most bills out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 47th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 145th most bills out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 163rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

56th most cosponsors among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

Young’s bills and resolutions had 286 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 55th most cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 56th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 95th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 103rd most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

61st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 43 others

4 of Young’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.R. 394: Prevention of Escapement of Genetically ...; H.R. 1335: Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing ...; H.R. 2684: Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Equal ...; H.R. 2744: Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 33rd most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 34th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 58th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 61st most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

131st 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 60th best score out of 169
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House Republicans 100th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 121st best score out of 385
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All Representatives 131st best score out of 440
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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. 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 Young’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 29th lowest score (tied w/ 83) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Young introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 521: To provide for the conveyance ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats 12th most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Young supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 69 others out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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 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.