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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.

 

Government Transparency

10th most supportive among House Republicans; tied with 2 others

GovTrack looked at whether Crawford supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

Sponsored: H.R. 2807: Sunshine on Government Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
House Republicans 10th most supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats 35th most supportive (tied w/ 38) out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 36th most supportive (tied w/ 42) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

18th least bipartisan among All Representatives

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
House Republicans 18th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 17th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 18th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

65th highest % of bills among All Representatives; tied with 3 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 45% of Crawford’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
House Republicans 50th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 54th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 65th highest % of bills (tied w/ 3) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

68th worst score among House Republicans

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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
House Republicans 68th worst score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 131st worst score out of 385
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All Representatives 154th worst score out of 440
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Missed Votes

70th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Safe House Seats 67th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 70th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

51st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 45 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Crawford introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 49th most bills (tied w/ 37) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 48th most bills (tied w/ 41) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 51st most bills (tied w/ 45) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

80th most conservative among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
House Republicans 80th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 77th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 80th most conservative out of 440
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Bills Introduced

98th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 7 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 98th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 162nd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 19) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

71st fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 65 others

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 71st fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 111th fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 130th fewest bills (tied w/ 111) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

122nd fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 5 others

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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 102nd fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 109th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 122nd fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

126th fewest cosponsors among All Representatives; tied with 4 others

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
House Republicans 74th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 3) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 103rd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 3) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 126th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 4) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

170th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 77 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 88th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 152nd most bills (tied w/ 69) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 170th most bills (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

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. 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats 12th most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

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.

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.