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Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Pallone’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 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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pallone missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Pallone’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); All Representatives (1st 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.


 

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

Pallone’s bills and resolutions had 387 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 (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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 (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Pallone’s 31 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Pallone caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

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

GovTrack looked at whether Pallone supported any of 32 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 (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 23rd most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pallone introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 982: Of inquiry requesting the President, ...; H.R. 588: Securing Access to Networks in ...; H.R. 5228: SCREEN Act; H.R. 6434: To amend section 7 of ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Ranked 43rd 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Pallone’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 39th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

8 of Pallone’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.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 ...; H.R. 4525: Living Shorelines Act of 2017; H.R. 5155: Undo Sabotage and Expand Affordability ...; H.R. 5228: SCREEN Act; H.R. 6563: Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs for Seniors ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 49th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 476 bills that Pallone cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Pallone introduced 31 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 64th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Pallone cosponsored 476 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 (82nd percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Pallone introduced 0 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.

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.


 

Working with the Senate

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. 2248: To prohibit the Secretary of ...; H.R. 2272: COAST Anti-Drilling Act; H.R. 2755: Beach Act of 2017; H.R. 4600: Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

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 the 115th Congress 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 (43rd percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 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.