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Rep. Gary Palmer’s 2019 Report Card

House Republican Policy Committee Chair
Representative from Alabama's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Palmer’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.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Palmer was busy being House Republican Policy Committee Chair, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Republicans

Of the 71 bills that Palmer cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (14th percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Was most present in votes compared to Alabama Delegation

Palmer missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Palmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (11th percentile); All Representatives (6th 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 0 of Palmer’s 6 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Palmer caucused with in 2019.

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

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


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Alabama Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Palmer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, 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 Palmer’s Profile »

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


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to House Party Leaders

Palmer introduced 6 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); House Party Leaders (11th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to House Party Leaders

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. 2108: Retirement Freedom Act

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (14th percentile); House Party Leaders (11th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to House Party Leaders

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Palmer introduced 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 995: Settlement Agreement Information Database Act ...; H.R. 2502: Transparency in Federal Buildings Projects ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 21st fewest bills compared to All Representatives

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 (14th percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 28th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 16 others)

3 of Palmer’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.Res. 640: Condemning the global persecution of ...; H.R. 850: Agency Accountability Act of 2019; H.R. 2502: Transparency in Federal Buildings Projects ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got the 45th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Palmer’s bills and resolutions had 185 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 Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Palmer introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (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.


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.