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Rep. Don Young’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Alaska's At-Large District
Republican
Serving Mar 6, 1973 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Young’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to All Representatives

Young introduced 12 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 219: Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary ...; H.R. 220: To authorize the expansion of ...; H.R. 221: Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act; H.R. 228: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; H.R. 1417: National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits ...; H.R. 1901: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ...; H.R. 2748: SOS Act of 2017; H.R. 3398: REAL ID Act Modification for ...; H.R. 4317: Mahoney Lake Hydroelectric Project Licensing ...; H.J.Res. 35: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 49: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 69: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

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


 

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. 17 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. 220: To authorize the expansion of ...; H.R. 228: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; H.R. 236: To provide for the conveyance ...; H.R. 513: Alaska Mental Health Trust Land ...; H.R. 1867: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment ...; H.R. 1901: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ...; H.R. 2748: SOS Act of 2017; H.R. 2912: Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act ...; H.R. 3524: Settlement Trust Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 4069: To amend the Migratory Bird ...; H.R. 5608: Explore America Act of 2018; H.J.Res. 34: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...; H.J.Res. 35: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 47: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...; H.J.Res. 49: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 69: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 70: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

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

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Young introduced 71 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th 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 271 bills that Young cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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 7th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Young introduced 20 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 200: Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing ...; H.R. 210: Native American Energy Act; H.R. 218: King Cove Road Land Exchange ...; H.R. 219: Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary ...; H.R. 220: To authorize the expansion of ...; H.R. 221: Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act; H.R. 224: Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness ...; H.R. 228: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; H.R. 237: Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation ...; H.R. 1417: National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits ...; H.R. 1418: To amend the Alaska Native ...; H.R. 1901: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ...; H.R. 2748: SOS Act of 2017; H.R. 3398: REAL ID Act Modification for ...; H.R. 4069: To amend the Migratory Bird ...; H.R. 4317: Mahoney Lake Hydroelectric Project Licensing ...; H.R. 4475: National Volcano Early Warning and ...; H.J.Res. 35: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 49: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 69: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

7 of Young’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 227: Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization ...; H.R. 233: Safe Freight Act of 2017; H.R. 237: Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation ...; H.R. 1417: National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits ...; H.R. 2079: Young Fishermen’s Development Act of ...; H.R. 2748: SOS Act of 2017; H.R. 6364: LAMP Act of 2018

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 31st 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. 19 of Young’s 71 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Young caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 57th most bills compared to House Republicans

Young cosponsored 271 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 (41st percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Got the 59th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Young’s bills and resolutions had 360 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (61st percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Young held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, 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 (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (60th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Young missed 3.6% of votes (44 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Young’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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 32 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).


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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.