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Rep. Doug Collins’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 9th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Collins’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 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 35 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 22: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 33: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 36: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 37: Providing for the attendance of ...; H.Res. 150: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 180: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 209: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 275: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 308: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 324: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 414: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 480: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 513: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 562: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 577: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 579: Electing a Member to a ...; H.Res. 645: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 682: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 736: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 748: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 971: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 985: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 989: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 1167: Expressing the profound regret and ...; H.R. 26: Regulations from the Executive in ...; H.R. 469: Congressional Article I Powers Strengthening ...; H.R. 1033: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 1434: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment ...; H.R. 3356: Prison Reform and Redemption Act; H.R. 3821: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4706: Music Modernization Act of 2017; H.R. 4943: CLOUD Act; H.R. 5626: Intercountry Adoption Information Act of ...; H.R. 5682: FIRST STEP Act; H.R. 5933: Substance Abuse Prevention Act of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd 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. 17 of Collins’s 46 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Collins caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Georgia Delegation

Collins held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 »

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


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Georgia Delegation

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 Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Collins introduced 7 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. 1434: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment ...; H.R. 3356: Prison Reform and Redemption Act; H.R. 3821: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4706: Music Modernization Act of 2017; H.R. 4943: CLOUD Act; H.R. 5682: FIRST STEP Act; H.R. 5933: Substance Abuse Prevention Act of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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 7th most bills compared to House Republicans

Collins introduced 46 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

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. 1033: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 1434: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment ...; H.R. 2870: Gigabit Opportunity Act; H.R. 3718: International Communications Privacy Act; H.R. 4706: Music Modernization Act of 2017; H.R. 4943: CLOUD Act; H.R. 7190: Small Business Reorganization Act of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 17th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Collins supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Collins 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Collins sponsored H.R. 6714: Electronic Court Records Reform Act ...

Collins cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

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


 

Got the 36th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Collins’s bills and resolutions had 498 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 Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 36th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

6 of Collins’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. 26: Regulations from the Executive in ...; H.R. 469: Congressional Article I Powers Strengthening ...; H.R. 1033: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 1316: Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act; H.R. 3356: Prison Reform and Redemption Act; H.R. 5682: FIRST STEP Act

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 58th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Collins cosponsored 141 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 Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 67th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 141 bills that Collins cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); House Republicans (27th 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.


 

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 Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th 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.


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.