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Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Kentucky's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Barr’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 Barr’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 most bills compared to Kentucky Delegation

Barr introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Kentucky Delegation

Of the 268 bills that Barr cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 32nd most conservative 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 Barr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 31st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barr introduced 11 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1699: Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing ...; H.R. 2226: Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access ...; H.R. 3326: World Bank Accountability Act of ...; H.R. 3642: Military SAVE Act; H.R. 3898: Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear ...; H.R. 4270: Monetary Policy Transparency and Accountability ...; H.R. 4533: To designate the health care ...; H.R. 5655: Camp Nelson National Monument Act; H.R. 5735: THRIVE Act; H.R. 6741: Federal Reserve Reform Act of ...; H.R. 7273: Forever GI Bill Housing Payment ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got the 39th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Barr’s bills and resolutions had 471 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 Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Ranked the 41st 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Barr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 60th most bills compared to House Republicans

Barr cosponsored 268 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 Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 90th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Barr’s 26 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Barr caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Barr 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. 4533: To designate the health care ...; H.R. 7273: Forever GI Bill Housing Payment ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Barr’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. 2651: Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017; H.R. 3898: Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Barr’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. 2226: Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access ...; H.R. 5655: Camp Nelson National Monument Act; H.R. 5736: CAREER Act

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Barr 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 Barr’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Barr missed 1.8% of votes (22 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Barr’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 Barr supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Barr 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd 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.