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Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Pallone’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pallone introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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 (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pallone introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 588: Securing Access to Networks in ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Was 16th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Pallone missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Pallone’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd 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.


 

Ranked 24th most liberal compared to 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Pallone’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 21st most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 1524: Superfund Polluter Pays Act; H.R. 2248: To prohibit the Secretary of ...; H.R. 2272: COAST Anti-Drilling Act; H.R. 2755: Beach Act of 2017

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 34th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 301 bills that Pallone cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 66th most bills compared to All Representatives

Pallone cosponsored 301 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 (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 58th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

4 of Pallone’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1068: Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments ...; H.R. 1747: Brownfields Authorization Increase Act of ...; H.R. 2272: COAST Anti-Drilling Act; H.R. 2479: Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Pallone introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Pallone supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Pallone 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Pallone cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Pallone’s bills and resolutions had 183 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Pallone’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Pallone’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 2017) 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.