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Rep. Gwen Moore’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Moore’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her 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 Moore’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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Wisconsin Delegation

0 of Moore’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.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Moore’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. 1317: To amend the Commodity Exchange ...; H.R. 3813: Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 17th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Moore’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Got the 21st fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Moore’s bills and resolutions had 25 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 »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 24th most bills compared to All Representatives

Moore cosponsored 355 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 Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Was 44th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Moore missed 6.7% of votes (47 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Moore’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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 49th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 355 bills that Moore cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Moore introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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.


 

Bills Introduced

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

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Moore introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1317: To amend the Commodity Exchange ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Moore 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 Moore’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Moore supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Moore 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Moore cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 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.