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Rep. Gregg Harper’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Committee Positions

the highest score among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Harper held a leadership position on 2 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
House Republicans the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Leadership Score

17th worst score among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Harper’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th worst score out of 53
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House Republicans 102nd worst score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 187th worst score out of 385
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All Representatives 220th worst score out of 440
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Cosponsors

18th fewest cosponsors among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Harper’s bills and resolutions had 121 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 18th fewest cosponsors out of 53 0
888 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 119th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 3) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 182nd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 3) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 214th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 4) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

18th fewest bills among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 3 others

Harper introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 1
33 bills View All
House Republicans 106th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 178th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bills (tied w/ 33) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

14th fewest bills among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 14 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Harper introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 195: Election Assistance Commission Termination Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 53 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 90th most bills (tied w/ 122) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

84th most conservative among All Representatives

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Harper’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 10th most conservative out of 53
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House Republicans 84th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 80th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 84th most conservative out of 440
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Bills Cosponsored

94th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

Harper cosponsored 163 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 27th fewest bills out of 53 34
599 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 170th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 197th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

67th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 60 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.

Those bills were: H.Res. 334: Designating the Ulysses S. Grant ...; H.R. 1250: To amend title XVIII of ...; H.R. 2853: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 53 0
8 bills View All
House Republicans 39th most bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 61st most bills (tied w/ 52) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 67th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

99th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 163 bills that Harper cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th least bipartisan out of 53 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 98th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 93rd least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 99th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

111th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 20 others

Harper missed 0.9% of votes (6 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Harper’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 52 0
19% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 95th most voting (tied w/ 16) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 111th most voting (tied w/ 20) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Harper’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 2853: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 53 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 55th fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 78th fewest bills (tied w/ 86) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 95th fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

Harper introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 2853: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 53 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats 12th most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Harper supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 26 others out of 53 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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 2015) 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.