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Rep. Greg Walden’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Oregon's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Walden’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 Walden’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.

 

Was 11th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Walden missed 0.6% of votes (8 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Walden’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (5th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 31st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Walden cosponsored 133 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 Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Ranked 37th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 Walden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 59th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 133 bills that Walden cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

2 of Walden’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. 1342: Home Health Care Planning Improvement ...; H.R. 1555: Forest Access in Rural Communities ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 50th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 31 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Walden introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2583: Federal Communications Commission Process Reform ...; H.R. 3826: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; H.R. 4549: Treating Small Airports with Fairness ...; H.R. 4596: Small Business Broadband Deployment Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Walden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Walden 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. 1762: To name the Department of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Walden’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. 745: Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, ...; H.R. 1342: Home Health Care Planning Improvement ...; H.R. 3826: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Walden introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Walden 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 Walden’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Walden’s bills and resolutions had 280 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 Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Walden’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.