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Rep. Erik Paulsen’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Minnesota's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Paulsen’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 Paulsen’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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Minnesota Delegation

5 of Paulsen’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. 159: Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act ...; H.R. 160: Protect Medical Innovation Act of ...; H.R. 606: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public ...; H.R. 2404: Treat and Reduce Obesity Act ...; H.Con.Res. 19: Expressing the sense of the ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

Paulsen cosponsored 135 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 Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Paulsen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Minnesota Delegation

Of the 135 bills that Paulsen cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 77% of Paulsen’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Paulsen’s bills and resolutions had 888 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 Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 28th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Paulsen’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. 232: Small BREW Act; H.R. 606: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public ...; H.R. 1547: Family Health Care Flexibility Act; H.R. 2404: Treat and Reduce Obesity Act ...; H.R. 2742: To amend title 10, United ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 39th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Paulsen introduced 22 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 34th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Paulsen introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 159: Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act ...; H.R. 160: Protect Medical Innovation Act of ...; H.R. 640: Private Foundation Excise Tax Simplification ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Was 111th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Paulsen missed 0.9% of votes (6 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Paulsen’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (25th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Paulsen 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. 606: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (63rd percentile); 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.


 

Committee Positions

Paulsen held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Paulsen’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Paulsen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (63rd percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Paulsen supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Paulsen 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (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 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.