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Rep. Frank Wolf’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 10th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Wolf’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Wolf’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 3rd most committee positions compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 2 others)

Wolf 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 Wolf’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Wolf cosponsored 206 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 Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); Competitive House Seats (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th 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 206 bills that Wolf cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (80th percentile); Competitive House Seats (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Wolf’s bills and resolutions had 331 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 9 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Wolf’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. 5416: War Powers Consultation Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 19th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wolf’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Ranked the 57th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wolf’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wolf introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2787: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related ...; H.R. 4653: United States Commission on International ...; H.R. 4660: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Wolf introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Missed Votes

Wolf missed 2.0% of votes (24 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Wolf’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Competitive House Seats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Wolf introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Wolf tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 45% of Wolf’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (57th percentile); Competitive House Seats (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Wolf’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 301: To provide for the establishment ...; H.R. 4653: United States Commission on International ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Wolf supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Wolf 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.