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Rep. Ed Whitfield’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Kentucky's 1st District
Republican
Served Jan 4, 1995 – Sep 7, 2016


These special year-end statistics cover Whitfield’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 Whitfield’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 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Whitfield introduced 5 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 906: To modify the efficiency standards ...; H.R. 1725: National All Schedules Prescription Electronic ...; H.R. 2042: Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015; H.J.Res. 71: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 72: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

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

5 of Whitfield’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. 696: To amend part B of ...; H.R. 1725: National All Schedules Prescription Electronic ...; H.R. 1726: Access to Quality Diabetes Education ...; H.J.Res. 71: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 72: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 42nd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 94 bills that Whitfield cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (51st 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.


 

Cosponsored the 48th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Whitfield cosponsored 94 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 Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Whitfield’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. 696: To amend part B of ...; H.R. 1726: Access to Quality Diabetes Education ...; H.J.Res. 71: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...; H.J.Res. 72: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Got the 67th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Whitfield’s bills and resolutions had 360 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 Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Whitfield introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Whitfield 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 Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Missed Votes

Whitfield missed 2.8% of votes (20 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Whitfield’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Whitfield 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 Whitfield’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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.