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Rep. Greg Gianforte’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Montana's At-Large District
Republican
Serving Jun 21, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Gianforte’s record during the 115th Congress (Jun 21, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Gianforte’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to House Freshmen

Gianforte introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 3765: To redesignate certain clinics of ...; H.R. 3872: To reinstate and extend the ...; H.R. 3873: Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act ...; H.R. 4645: East Rosebud Wild and Scenic ...; H.R. 5429: SIREN Act of 2018

Compare to all House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to House Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gianforte introduced 8 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3764: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa ...; H.R. 3765: To redesignate certain clinics of ...; H.R. 3872: To reinstate and extend the ...; H.R. 3873: Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act ...; H.R. 4171: To amend title 5, United ...; H.R. 4644: Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act; H.R. 4645: East Rosebud Wild and Scenic ...; H.R. 5429: SIREN Act of 2018

Compare to all House Freshmen (97th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Gianforte’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. 3765: To redesignate certain clinics of ...; H.R. 4644: Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act; H.R. 4645: East Rosebud Wild and Scenic ...; H.R. 5073: Clean Water for Rural Communities ...; H.R. 6041: B-47 Ridge Designation Act; H.R. 6567: To amend the Forest and ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 16th bottom/follower compared to All Representatives

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gianforte’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (10th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Got the 21st fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Gianforte’s bills and resolutions had 18 cosponsors in the 115th 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 House Freshmen (12th percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 28th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Gianforte’s 15 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gianforte caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all House Freshmen (16th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 67th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Gianforte cosponsored 150 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 House Freshmen (27th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 68th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 150 bills that Gianforte cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (25th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Was 97th most present in votes compared to All Representatives

Gianforte missed 1.1% of votes (10 of 899 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Gianforte’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (44th percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Gianforte introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (51st percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Gianforte’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Gianforte 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 Gianforte’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Gianforte supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Gianforte 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gianforte cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (54th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.