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Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield Jr.’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jul 21, 2004 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Butterfield’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.

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.

 

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

Of the 245 bills that Butterfield cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 4412: To prohibit the Bureau of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Got the 24th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Butterfield’s bills and resolutions had 60 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 North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Introduced the 23rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

Butterfield introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 20 others)

1 of Butterfield’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.R. 3957: Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Butterfield cosponsored 245 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 (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Butterfield’s 9 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Butterfield caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Butterfield 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 North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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. Butterfield introduced 0 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Committee Positions

Butterfield 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 Butterfield’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Butterfield missed 1.9% of votes (13 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Butterfield’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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.


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.