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Rep. Fred Upton’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Upton’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 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.

 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to Michigan Delegation

Upton introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 829: Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over ...; H.R. 5800: Medicaid Institutes for Mental Disease ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Ranked the 11th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Upton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got the 12th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Upton’s bills and resolutions had 39 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 Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 26 others)

2 of Upton’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. 1920: To amend part B of ...; H.R. 5800: Medicaid Institutes for Mental Disease ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 90th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Upton cosponsored 168 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 (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Introduced the 97th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Upton introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.R. 829: Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over ...; H.R. 3050: Enhancing State Energy Security Planning ...; H.R. 5175: Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity ...; H.R. 5800: Medicaid Institutes for Mental Disease ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 829: Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over ...; H.R. 1920: To amend part B of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Upton’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Upton caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Upton held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 168 bills that Upton cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Upton missed 2.5% of votes (30 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Upton’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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 Upton supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Upton 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Upton cosponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th 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.