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Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Pallone’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 Pallone’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.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pallone 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. 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 Pallone’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pallone’s bills and resolutions had 252 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 New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 Pallone’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 Pallone’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 134 bills that Pallone cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Pallone’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. 801: Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act ...; H.R. 1321: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015; H.R. 1977: Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism ...; H.R. 4061: Food Labeling Modernization Act of ...; H.R. 4136: Beach Act of 2015

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (92nd 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 9 others)

2 of Pallone’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.Res. 400: Commemorating 50 years since the ...; H.R. 1321: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 21st fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Pallone cosponsored 134 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 (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pallone introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1321: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Pallone 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. 1321: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (85th 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

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

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Pallone tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 27% of Pallone’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Pallone missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Pallone’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Pallone supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Pallone 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Pallone cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.