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Rep. Eric “Rick” Crawford’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Arkansas's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Crawford’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Crawford’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.

 

Introduced the 16th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Crawford introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 20th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 222 bills that Crawford cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (7th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 39th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Crawford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Was 53rd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Crawford missed 7.0% of votes (84 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Crawford’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (87th 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.


 

Held the 47th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Crawford 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 Crawford’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Crawford introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Sophomores (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Crawford introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 311: Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship ...; H.R. 742: Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Crawford’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 311: Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship ...; H.R. 3403: Drug Free Commercial Driver Act ...; H.R. 4157: Farmer Identity Protection Act; H.R. 4319: Common Sense in Species Protection ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (72nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Crawford’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. 1244: Sensible School Lunch Act

Compare to all House Sophomores (29th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Crawford tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 30% of Crawford’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Sophomores (43rd percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Crawford cosponsored 222 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 House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Crawford’s bills and resolutions had 195 cosponsors in the 113th 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 House Sophomores (54th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Crawford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Crawford supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Crawford 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.