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Rep. Gregg Harper’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Mississippi's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Harper’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Harper’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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Harper held a leadership position on 2 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Harper’s Profile »

Compare to all House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked 10th most conservative compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Harper’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 67% of Harper’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (86th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 30th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 21 others)

3 of Harper’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 260: To reduce Federal spending and ...; H.R. 1724: Kids First Research Act of ...; H.R. 2019: Gabriella Miller Kids First Research ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Ranked the 48th top leader 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Harper’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got the 76th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Harper’s bills and resolutions had 275 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Harper supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Harper 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Harper introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Harper introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 130 bills that Harper cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Harper’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.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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. Harper introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1994: Election Assistance Commission Termination Act

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Harper missed 0.9% of votes (6 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Harper’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (26th 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 Cosponsored

Harper cosponsored 130 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.