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Rep. Greg Walden’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Walden’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Ranked 10th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Walden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Wrote the 7th most laws compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

Walden introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 2430: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 4374: To amend the Federal Food, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 11th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Walden cosponsored 53 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 (3rd percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 10 others)

Walden missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Walden’s Profile »

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Walden introduced 7 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 288: Small Business Broadband Deployment Act; H.R. 290: Federal Communications Commission Process Reform ...; H.R. 699: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; H.R. 2075: Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection ...; H.R. 2430: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 3922: CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act; H.R. 4374: To amend the Federal Food, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 36th 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 53 bills that Walden cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Walden introduced 15 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Walden’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1121: Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of ...; H.R. 2430: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 699: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Walden’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Walden held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Walden’s bills and resolutions had 87 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (30th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Walden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Walden supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Walden 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Walden cosponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 2017) 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.