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Rep. Glenn Thompson’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 5th District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Thompson’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Thompson’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 79% of Thompson’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (90th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 4th most conservative compared to Pennsylvania 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thompson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Was 41st most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Thompson missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (9th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Thompson’s bills and resolutions had 170 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Thompson’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 670: Special Needs Trust Fairness Act ...; H.Con.Res. 30: Supporting the designation of the ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Thompson 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 Thompson’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Thompson supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Thompson 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Thompson introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider 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 incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Leadership Score

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thompson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Thompson cosponsored 169 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Thompson’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. 433: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 670: Special Needs Trust Fairness Act ...; H.R. 1465: Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st 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. Thompson introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2394: National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 169 bills that Thompson cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Thompson introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th 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 2015) 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.