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Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Barr’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

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

Of the 130 bills that Barr cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (32nd 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Kentucky Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Barr’s 9 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Barr caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Held the 2nd fewest committee positions compared to Kentucky Delegation (tied with 2 others)

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. 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 Barr’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 94th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Barr cosponsored 130 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 (50th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Barr introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 2196: To amend title 38, United ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (69th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Barr introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barr introduced 1 bill in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2196: To amend title 38, United ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Barr’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 2196: To amend title 38, United ...; H.R. 3788: VA Child Care Protection Act ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 4818: Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Barr’s bills and resolutions had 74 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (50th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Barr missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Barr’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.