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Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield Jr.’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jul 21, 2004 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Butterfield’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Butterfield’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.

 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Butterfield’s bills and resolutions had 488 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. 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 North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to North Carolina Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 289 bills that Butterfield cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to North Carolina Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Butterfield’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Butterfield’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked the 20th top leader compared to House Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Butterfield’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Wrote the 39th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 39 others)

Butterfield introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. 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. 3937: To designate the building utilized ...; H.R. 4400: Adding Zika Virus to the ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Was 79th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Butterfield missed 5.3% of votes (70 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Butterfield’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Butterfield’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. 1288: World War II Merchant Mariner ...; H.R. 1844: Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act ...; H.R. 2211: ROAD Act of 2015; H.R. 4400: Adding Zika Virus to the ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Butterfield introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1949: National Liberty Memorial Clarification Act ...; H.R. 3937: To designate the building utilized ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Butterfield 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. View Butterfield’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Butterfield introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Butterfield cosponsored 289 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 North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (28th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Butterfield’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress 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. 766: Honoring in praise and remembrance ...; H.R. 1288: World War II Merchant Mariner ...; H.R. 1949: National Liberty Memorial Clarification Act ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Butterfield supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Butterfield 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Butterfield cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (31st 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 the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.