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Rep. Eric “Rick” Crawford’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Arkansas's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Crawford’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 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.

 

Supported government transparency the 10th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Crawford supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Crawford 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Crawford sponsored H.R. 2807: Sunshine on Government Act of ...

Compare to all House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 18th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 133 bills that Crawford cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (7th percentile); Safe House Seats (4th 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.


 

Was 70th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Crawford missed 5.1% of votes (36 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Crawford’s Profile »

Compare to all Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd 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 their bills out of committee the 51st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 45 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Crawford introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1847: Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse ...; H.R. 2954: To designate the Federal building ...

Compare to all House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Ranked 80th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Crawford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Crawford’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. 1467: Drug Free Commercial Driver Act ...; H.R. 3687: Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Compare to all House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Crawford 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 Crawford’s Profile »

Compare to all House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Crawford tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 45% of Crawford’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Crawford cosponsored 133 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 Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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. 2954: To designate the Federal building ...

Compare to all House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Crawford introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 2954: To designate the Federal building ...

Compare to all House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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 Introduced

Crawford introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Crawford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (34th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Crawford’s bills and resolutions had 63 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 House Republicans (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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.