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Rep. Elise Stefanik’s 2018 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 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to New York Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Stefanik supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Stefanik 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Stefanik cosponsored H.R. 4077: Honest Ads Act; H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 4631: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Stefanik missed 0.5% of votes (6 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Stefanik’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (3rd percentile); All Representatives (8th 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.


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Stefanik’s bills and resolutions had 809 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 New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to New York 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Stefanik’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to House Republicans

Stefanik cosponsored 448 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 (63rd percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 Stefanik’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Stefanik introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th 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 448 bills that Stefanik cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 28th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 26 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Stefanik introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 282: Military Residency Choice Act; H.R. 6930: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 48th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

5 of Stefanik’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. 1357: Stamp Out Invasive Species Act; H.R. 2482: Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension ...; H.R. 3770: Community Health Investment, Modernization, and ...; H.R. 5356: National Security Commission Artificial Intelligence ...; H.Con.Res. 45: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 90th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Stefanik’s 26 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Stefanik caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Stefanik introduced 1 bill 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. 6930: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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.R. 282: Military Residency Choice Act; H.Con.Res. 45: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Sophomores (43rd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

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 (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (37th 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 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.