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Rep. Elise Stefanik’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New York's 21st District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Stefanik’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 Stefanik’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 present in votes compared to New York Delegation

Stefanik missed 0.2% of votes (2 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Stefanik’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to House Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Stefanik supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Stefanik 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Stefanik sponsored H.R. 5493: EDIT Act

Stefanik cosponsored H.R. 4006: Statutes at Large Modernization Act; H.R. 5876: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Stefanik introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (65th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Stefanik cosponsored 284 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 New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Stefanik’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.Con.Res. 161: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th most bills compared to House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Stefanik’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th 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 284 bills that Stefanik cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 15th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 Stefanik’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Freshmen (77th percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Got the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Stefanik’s bills and resolutions had 201 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 New York Delegation (37th percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Ranked 22nd most 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Stefanik’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Freshmen (36th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Stefanik introduced 0 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.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Stefanik introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3989: To amend title 38, United ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Stefanik’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.Res. 754: Expressing the commitment of the ...; H.R. 3180: Flexible Pell Grant for 21st ...; H.R. 5334: Stamp Out Invasive Species Act; H.R. 5683: Lift the Relocation Burden from ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Stefanik 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 Stefanik’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (56th 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.