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Rep. Don Young’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Alaska's At-Large District
Republican
Serving Mar 6, 1973 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Young’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him 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 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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to House Republicans

Young introduced 64 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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 ...; H.R. 5302: To authorize the Federal Energy ...; H.R. 5775: American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act; H.R. 5776: Marine Mammal Research and Response ...; H.R. 5777: King Cove Road Land Exchange ...; H.R. 6018: Ensuring Health Care Opportunities Act; H.R. 6090: To provide that section 4108(5)(C)(iv) ...; H.R. 6475: To remove reversionary clauses on ...

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

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th 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 306 bills that Young cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Young’s 64 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 26th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Young introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 329: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; 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 ...; H.R. 2387: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment ...; H.R. 3650: State National Forest Management Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

Young introduced 3 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 521: To provide for the conveyance ...; H.R. 2284: Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act; H.R. 3269: North Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Cosponsored the 45th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Young cosponsored 306 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 (58th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Got the 61st most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Young’s bills and resolutions had 394 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Was 65th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Young missed 5.9% of votes (77 of 1,311 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Young’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Representatives (85th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Young supported any of 40 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); 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 (21st percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Young’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.R. 394: Prevention of Escapement of Genetically ...; H.R. 1335: Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing ...; H.R. 1728: Summer Meals Act of 2015; H.R. 2684: Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Equal ...; H.R. 2744: Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (71st 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 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.