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Rep. Fred Upton’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Upton’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 Upton’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Michigan Delegation

Of the 99 bills that Upton cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 6th fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

Upton introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 22nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Upton cosponsored 99 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 Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 37th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 8 others)

5 of Upton’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. 3204: Drug Quality and Security Act; H.R. 3301: North American Energy Infrastructure Act; H.R. 3350: Keep Your Health Plan Act ...; H.R. 3683: To amend the Energy Independence ...; H.R. 5728: STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Was 43rd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Upton missed 1.7% of votes (20 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Upton’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 49th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 47 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Upton introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3301: North American Energy Infrastructure Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Upton’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.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Upton 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 Upton’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Upton introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 3204: Drug Quality and Security Act; H.R. 5728: STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Upton’s bills and resolutions had 208 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 Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (56th 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.