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Rep. Doug Collins’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 9th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Collins’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 Collins’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 Out of Committee

the most bills among All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Collins introduced 24 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 212: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 315: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 370: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 380: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 420: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 491: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 531: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 580: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 581: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 618: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 653: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 688: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 720: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 725: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 843: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 859: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 875: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 921: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 470: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment ...; H.R. 712: Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory ...; H.R. 1854: Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health ...; H.R. 2137: Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and ...; H.R. 3279: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 4618: To designate the Federal building ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation the most bills out of 14 0
24 bills View All
House Sophomores the most bills out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Republicans the most bills out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives the most bills out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

the most bills among Georgia Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Collins’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. 470: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment ...; H.R. 712: Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory ...; H.R. 1283: Songwriter Equity Act of 2015; H.R. 1854: Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health ...; H.R. 3326: Defend Trade Secrets Act of ...; H.R. 4224: To designate the Federal building ...; H.R. 4618: To designate the Federal building ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation the most bills out of 14 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 31st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

the most bills among Georgia Delegation

Collins introduced 5 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. 1854: Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health ...; H.R. 2137: Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and ...; H.R. 3326: Defend Trade Secrets Act of ...; H.R. 4224: To designate the Federal building ...; H.R. 4618: To designate the Federal building ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation the most bills out of 14 0
5 View All
House Sophomores the most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 73 0
5 View All
House Republicans 5th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 5th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the most bills among Georgia Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Collins’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation the most bills out of 14 0
10 bills View All
House Sophomores 10th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Republicans 50th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 72nd most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

3rd most bills among House Sophomores

Collins introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation the most bills out of 14 3
38 bills View All
House Sophomores 3rd most bills out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Republicans 10th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 21st most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

4th least bipartisan among House Sophomores

Of the 184 bills that Collins cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Georgia Delegation 6th least bipartisan out of 14 4
45% of bills View All
House Sophomores 4th least bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 64th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 65th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

5th best score among House Sophomores

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 Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Georgia Delegation 2nd best score out of 14
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House Sophomores 5th best score out of 73
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House Republicans 39th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 41st best score out of 439
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Missed Votes

5th most voting among Georgia Delegation

Collins missed 1.9% of votes (25 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Collins’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Georgia Delegation 5th most voting out of 14 1
18% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 35th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 186th most voting (tied w/ 6) out of 432 0
29% 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

6th fewest bills among House Sophomores

Collins cosponsored 184 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
Georgia Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 14 91
406 bills View All
House Sophomores 6th fewest bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Republicans 78th fewest bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 91st fewest bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

6th most bills among House Sophomores; tied with 1 other

8 of Collins’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. 244: MAC Transparency Act; H.R. 712: Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory ...; H.R. 1283: Songwriter Equity Act of 2015; H.R. 1854: Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health ...; H.R. 3279: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 3326: Defend Trade Secrets Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 49: Recognizing the daisy as the ...; H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation 3rd most bills out of 14 0
11 bills View All
House Sophomores 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 23rd most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 43rd most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

8th most cosponsors among House Sophomores

Collins’s bills and resolutions had 583 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Georgia Delegation 4th most cosponsors out of 14 0
793 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 8th most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 34th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 59th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Ideology Score

118th most conservative among All Representatives

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 Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Georgia Delegation 7th most conservative out of 14
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House Sophomores 22nd most conservative out of 73
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House Republicans 118th most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 118th most conservative out of 439
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Government Transparency

137th least supportive among All Representatives; tied with 93 others

GovTrack looked at whether Collins supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Collins 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 653: FOIA Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Georgia Delegation 6th least supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 14 0
4 points View All
House Sophomores 16th least supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 49th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Committee Positions

Collins 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 Collins’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Georgia Delegation 3rd highest score (tied w/ 8) out of 14 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 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 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.