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Rep. Duncan Hunter’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from California's 50th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Hunter’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 Hunter’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd highest % of bills compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 58% of Hunter’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 5th most conservative compared to California Delegation

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hunter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to California Delegation

Hunter 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 Hunter’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th top leader compared to California 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hunter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

5 of Hunter’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.R. 1296: To amend the San Luis ...; H.R. 1987: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; H.R. 3214: National Icebreaker Fund Act of ...; H.R. 4188: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 68: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 40th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 142 bills that Hunter cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 59th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Hunter introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hunter supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hunter 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hunter 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 California Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Hunter’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. 2518: Student Right to Know Before ...; H.R. 2877: To designate an existing Federal ...; H.R. 3139: Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm ...

Compare to all California Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.R. 1987: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (57th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hunter missed 1.3% of votes (9 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Hunter’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Hunter cosponsored 142 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 California Delegation (28th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Hunter’s bills and resolutions had 212 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 California Delegation (66th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.