skip to main content

Rep. Glenn Grothman’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Grothman’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 Grothman’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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

the least bipartisan among House Freshmen

Of the 316 bills that Grothman cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd least bipartisan out of 8 3
58% of bills View All
House Freshmen the least bipartisan out of 64 3
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 5th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 5th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

the least supportive among Wisconsin Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Grothman supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Grothman 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Wisconsin Delegation the least supportive out of 8 0
11 points View All
House Freshmen least supportive along with 22 others out of 66 0
8 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Leadership Score

the worst score among Wisconsin Delegation

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 Grothman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Wisconsin Delegation the worst score out of 8
View All
House Freshmen 14th worst score out of 66
View All
House Republicans 15th worst score out of 247
View All
All Representatives 36th worst score out of 439
View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the fewest bills among Wisconsin Delegation

Grothman tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 0 of Grothman’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation the fewest bills out of 8 0
21 bills View All
House Freshmen the fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 66 0
21 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

the fewest cosponsors among Wisconsin Delegation

Grothman’s bills and resolutions had 29 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Wisconsin Delegation the fewest cosponsors out of 8 29
802 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 10th fewest cosponsors out of 66 0
681 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 13th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 26th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among Wisconsin Delegation; tied with 1 other

1 of Grothman’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.R. 2398: Social Security Identity Defense Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 8 1
15 bills View All
House Freshmen 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 66 0
13 bills View All
House Republicans 34th fewest bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 61st fewest bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

the fewest bills among Wisconsin Delegation; tied with 1 other

Grothman introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 8 10
38 bills View All
House Freshmen 24th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 66 0
26 bills View All
House Republicans 59th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 98th fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

2nd most voting among Wisconsin Delegation

Grothman missed 1.0% of votes (13 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Grothman’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd most voting out of 7 0
8% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 22nd most voting out of 64 0
10% missed votes View All
All Representatives 84th most voting (tied w/ 10) out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Laws Enacted

3rd fewest bills among Wisconsin Delegation; tied with 2 others

Grothman introduced 1 bill 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. 3507: To designate the facility of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 8 0
5 View All
House Freshmen 10th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 66 0
5 View All
House Republicans 55th most bills (tied w/ 82) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

6th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 6 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Grothman’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.Res. 673: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 2398: Social Security Identity Defense Act ...; H.R. 3507: To designate the facility of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 8 2
6 bills View All
House Freshmen 6th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 66 0
8 bills View All
House Republicans 63rd most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

35th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 2 others

Grothman cosponsored 316 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
Wisconsin Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 8 34
703 bills View All
House Freshmen 14th most bills out of 66 1
584 bills View All
House Republicans 35th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 157th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grothman introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation fewest bills along with 3 others out of 8 0
7 bills View All
House Freshmen the fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 66 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Grothman 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. 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 Grothman’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd highest score (tied w/ 3) out of 8 0
5 points View All
House Freshmen highest score along with 28 others out of 66 0
1 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 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 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.