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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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Collins introduced 24 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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 ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important 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.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to House Sophomores

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

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to House Sophomores

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

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (4th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 5th top leader compared to 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.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (7th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Collins supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Collins cosponsored H.R. 653: FOIA Act

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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.


 

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 Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

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. View Collins’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.