2013 Report Cards

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Sen. Gary Peters

Representative from Michigan's 14th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015

These special year-end statistics cover Peters’s record during the 2013 legislative year and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of the session.

 

Cosponsors

4th lowest among Michigan Delegation

Peters’s bills and resolutions had 64 cosponsors in 2013. 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 »

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 4th lowest out of 14 3
554 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 66th lowest out of 207 0
975 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 121st lowest out of 396 0
1,195 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 135th lowest out of 439 0
1,195 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

5th highest among Michigan Delegation

Peters missed 1.6% of votes (10 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Peters’s Profile »

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 5th highest out of 14 0
6% of votes View All
Safe House Seats 156th lowest (tied w/ 12) out of 389 0
72% of votes View All
All Representatives 177th lowest (tied w/ 15) out of 432 0
72% of votes View All

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic (see the notes at the very bottom of the page for why), 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

4th lowest among Michigan Delegation; tied with 3 others

1 of Peters’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 1784: Domestic Refugee Resettlement Reform and ...

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 4th lowest (tied w/ 3) out of 14 0
9 bills View All
House Democrats 66th lowest (tied w/ 62) out of 207 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 125th lowest (tied w/ 120) out of 396 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 139th lowest (tied w/ 133) out of 439 0
14 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

highest 50% among Michigan Delegation

Peters introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 6th highest out of 14 2
24 bills View All
House Democrats 92nd highest (tied w/ 14) out of 207 0
45 bills View All
Safe House Seats 170th highest (tied w/ 25) out of 396 0
45 bills View All
All Representatives 191st highest (tied w/ 27) out of 439 0
45 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

highest 10% among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 185 bills that Peters cosponsored, 43% were introduced by someone other than a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 1st highest out of 14 4
43% of bills View All
House Democrats 30th highest out of 206 4
73% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 19th highest out of 392 1
73% of bills View All
All Representatives 30th highest out of 435 1
73% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

highest 50% among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Peters cosponsored 185 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 6th highest out of 14 47
460 bills View All
House Democrats 99th highest (tied w/ 1) out of 207 2
535 bills View All
Safe House Seats 120th highest (tied w/ 2) out of 396 0
535 bills View All
All Representatives 138th highest (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
535 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Peters introduced 0 bills and resolutions in 2013 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 1st lowest (tied w/ 8) out of 14 0
4 bills View All
House Democrats 1st lowest (tied w/ 163) out of 207 0
4 bills View All
Safe House Seats 1st lowest (tied w/ 228) out of 396 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 1st lowest (tied w/ 259) out of 439 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Peters 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 Peters’s Profile »

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 1st lowest (tied w/ 5) out of 14 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 1st lowest (tied w/ 91) out of 207 0
6 points View All
Safe House Seats 1st lowest (tied w/ 181) out of 396 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 1st lowest (tied w/ 207) out of 439 0
10 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Peters’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.

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 1st lowest (tied w/ 8) out of 14 0
3 bills View All
House Democrats 1st lowest (tied w/ 76) out of 207 0
6 bills View All
Safe House Seats 1st lowest (tied w/ 146) out of 396 0
8 bills View All
All Representatives 1st lowest (tied w/ 159) out of 439 0
8 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Peters introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 1st lowest (tied w/ 7) out of 14 0
1 laws View All
House Democrats 1st lowest (tied w/ 197) out of 207 0
3 laws View All
Safe House Seats 1st lowest (tied w/ 357) out of 396 0
3 laws View All
All Representatives 1st lowest (tied w/ 392) out of 439 0
3 laws View All

We only count enacted bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Peters supported any of 12 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Peters 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to...
Michigan Delegation 1st lowest (tied w/ 11) out of 14 0
4 points View All
House Democrats 1st lowest (tied w/ 153) out of 207 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats 1st lowest (tied w/ 315) out of 396 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 1st lowest (tied w/ 352) out of 439 0
9 points View All

Notes

The statistics on this page were last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

Legislative Year: “2013” refers to the legislative year that began on Jan 3, 2013 and ended on Dec 26, 2013. We only compare each legislator to other Members of Congress serving in the same chamber on Dec 26, 2013.

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.

Safe vs Competitive: Safe and competitive House seats are as listed in the Cook Political Report as of December 18, 2013.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores refer to Members of Congress that did not serve in the previous Congress or that served no earlier than the previous Congress, respectively, and in the same chamber as they were at the end of 2013.

Joint Resolutions: When counting laws, we also include joint resolutions that are enacted.

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.

Bipartisan Bills: When computing statistics for Writing Bipartisan Bills, we included only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills. Similarly for Joining Bipartisan Bills, we included Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills.

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.

Transparency Bills: We identified 20 bills (12 House bills and 8 Senate bills) that improve access to government records and are on subjects that we believe are non-partisan.