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Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover LoBiondo’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him 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 LoBiondo’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 fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

LoBiondo introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

LoBiondo cosponsored 219 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 Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. LoBiondo introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2564: To amend title 10, United ...; H.R. 4285: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6602: To reauthorize the New Jersey ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of LoBiondo’s 8 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party LoBiondo caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

LoBiondo’s bills and resolutions had 137 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 Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 4th least oftenn compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether LoBiondo supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave LoBiondo 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

LoBiondo cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th 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 219 bills that LoBiondo cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Was 21st most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

LoBiondo missed 0.8% of votes (10 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View LoBiondo’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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.


 

Wrote the 27th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 15 others)

LoBiondo introduced 3 bills 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. 2564: To amend title 10, United ...; H.R. 4285: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6602: To reauthorize the New Jersey ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Held the 48th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

LoBiondo 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 LoBiondo’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 26 others)

2 of LoBiondo’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.Res. 529: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 2564: To amend title 10, United ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of LoBiondo’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. 4897: Women and Lung Cancer Research ...; H.R. 6602: To reauthorize the New Jersey ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


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.