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Sen. Gary Peters’s 2013 Report Card

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 (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. 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.

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 Peters’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.

 

Cosponsors

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

Missed Votes

5th most absent among Michigan Delegation

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

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

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

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

Bills Introduced

6th most bills among Michigan Delegation

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

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

Joining Bipartisan Bills

30th most bipartisan 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 a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Michigan Delegation the most bipartisan out of 14 4
43% of bills View All
House Democrats 30th most bipartisan out of 206 4
73% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 19th most bipartisan out of 392 1
73% of bills View All
All Representatives 30th most bipartisan 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

138th most bills 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... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 6th most bills out of 14 47
460 bills View All
House Democrats 99th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 207 2
535 bills View All
Safe House Seats 120th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 396 0
535 bills View All
All Representatives 138th most bills (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 in 2013 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 8 others out of 14 0
4 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 163 others out of 207 0
4 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 228 others out of 396 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 259 others 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... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Michigan Delegation lowest score along with 5 others out of 14 0
10 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 91 others out of 207 0
6 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 181 others out of 396 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 207 others 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... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 8 others out of 14 0
3 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 76 others out of 207 0
6 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 146 others out of 396 0
8 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 159 others 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... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 14 0
1 laws View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 197 others out of 207 0
3 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 357 others out of 396 0
3 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 392 others out of 439 0
3 laws View All

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) 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... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Michigan Delegation least supportive along with 11 others out of 14 0
4 points View All
House Democrats least supportive along with 153 others out of 207 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 315 others out of 396 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 352 others out of 439 0
9 points View All

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.

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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.