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Rep. Gary Palmer’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Alabama's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Palmer’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Palmer’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 least often compared to House Sophomores

Of the 71 bills that Palmer cosponsored, 0% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Alabama Delegation

Palmer’s bills and resolutions had 249 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Alabama Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Alabama Delegation

Palmer cosponsored 71 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 Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (2nd percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 3 others)

Palmer introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 42nd fewest bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 40 others)

Palmer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Palmer’s 5 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Palmer 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 Palmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 Palmer’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. 850: Agency Accountability Act of 2017

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Palmer missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Palmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (70th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Palmer’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 637: Stopping EPA Overreach Act of ...; H.R. 850: Agency Accountability Act of 2017

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (53rd percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Palmer introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Palmer introduced 0 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Palmer supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Palmer 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Palmer cosponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 2017) 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.