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Rep. Frank Lucas’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Oklahoma's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Lucas’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Lucas’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 37th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Lucas introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 46th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 154 bills that Lucas cosponsored, 53% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

2 of Lucas’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 4979: Rural STEM Education Act; H.R. 5374: Advanced Geothermal Research and Development …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 54th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Lucas cosponsored 154 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 Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Was 68th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Lucas missed 6.1% of votes (58 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Lucas’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got the 90th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lucas’s bills and resolutions had 95 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lucas introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lucas introduced 2 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4979: Rural STEM Education Act; H.R. 5374: Advanced Geothermal Research and Development …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (32nd 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 Lucas’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. 6540: Agricultural Security Risk Review Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Lucas’s 7 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lucas caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Lucas held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Lucas’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.