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Rep. Donald Beyer’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 8th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Beyer’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 Beyer’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 the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Beyer’s bills and resolutions had 306 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 »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Freshmen (97th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to Virginia Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 252 bills that Beyer cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Freshmen (78th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

5 of Beyer’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.Res. 569: Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful ...; H.R. 927: Keeping All Students Safe Act; H.R. 1024: DHS Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness ...; H.R. 1162: Science Prize Competitions Act; H.R. 3635: Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Beyer cosponsored 252 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 Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Beyer introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Freshmen (78th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Beyer introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Beyer introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1162: Science Prize Competitions Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 Beyer’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 Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


 

Committee Positions

Beyer 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 Beyer’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Beyer missed 1.7% of votes (12 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Beyer’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th 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 Beyer supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Beyer 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Beyer cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Freshmen (42nd percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 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.