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Rep. Greg Walden’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Walden’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 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 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 15th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Walden missed 0.6% of votes (7 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Walden’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 23rd 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 157 bills that Walden cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Ranked 27th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Walden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Walden introduced 4 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. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities ...; H.R. 699: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; H.R. 2430: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 4374: To amend the Federal Food, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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 37th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Walden introduced 10 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 1099: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities ...; H.R. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities ...; 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, ...; H.R. 6753: Strengthening the Health Care Fraud ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got the 48th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Walden’s bills and resolutions had 125 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 Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 73rd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Walden cosponsored 157 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 (18th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Walden introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Walden’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities ...; H.R. 1121: Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of ...; H.R. 2430: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 6753: Strengthening the Health Care Fraud ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th 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 (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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. 7 of Walden’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Walden caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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 (77th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Walden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Walden supported any of 32 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 (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th 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.