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Rep. Doug Collins’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Collins’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Was most absent in votes compared to Georgia Delegation

Collins missed 5.4% of votes (38 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Collins’s Profile »

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Collins introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to Georgia Delegation

Collins held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 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 (86th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Collins introduced 5 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 243: Of inquiry requesting the President ...; H.R. 752: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 1219: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; H.R. 1952: Intercountry Adoption Information Act of ...; H.R. 2376: Prescription Pricing for the People ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

6 of Collins’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 586: Fix the Immigration Loopholes Act; H.R. 752: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 1035: Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act; H.R. 1164: Electronic Court Records Reform Act ...; H.R. 2376: Prescription Pricing for the People ...; H.R. 3442: Defending Elections against Trolls from ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 752: Open Book on Equal Access ...; H.R. 1034: Phair Pricing Act of 2019; H.R. 1219: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; H.R. 1952: Intercountry Adoption Information Act of ...; H.R. 4009: Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Collins’s bills and resolutions had 331 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (92nd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Ranked the 24th top leader compared to House Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Ranked 30th most left (~liberal) compared to House Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 29th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Collins’s 16 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Collins caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Cosponsored the 40th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Collins cosponsored 91 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 (14th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Collins introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 1219: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 91 bills that Collins cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.