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Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr.’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Johnson’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 Johnson’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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Johnson cosponsored 289 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 Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked most liberal compared to Georgia Delegation

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 Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to Georgia Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 289 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to Georgia Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Johnson supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Johnson 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Johnson cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

6 of Johnson’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.Res. 120: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.R. 429: Grand Jury Reform Act of ...; H.R. 671: To award a Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 1102: Police Accountability Act of 2015; H.R. 2087: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015; H.R. 2767: Airport Security Act of 2015

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 14th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 46% of Johnson’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Got the 15th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 428 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 Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Ranked the 21st top leader compared to House Democrats

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 Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Was 102nd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Johnson missed 3.8% of votes (27 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (76th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Johnson 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 Georgia Delegation (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

Johnson introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.R. 3274: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 Johnson’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. 2087: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Johnson 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 Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (21st percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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.