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Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr.’s 2016 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Johnson’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 406 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); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (83rd 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to Georgia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Johnson’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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 406 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Georgia Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Johnson introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress 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 (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

11 of Johnson’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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.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; H.R. 4249: Police Agency Investigation Improvement Act ...; H.R. 4899: Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests ...; H.R. 5474: Berta Caceres Human Rights in ...; H.R. 6072: Election Integrity Act of 2016; H.R. 6073: Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked the 27th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got the 41st most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 689 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 67th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Johnson supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Johnson 4 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; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Johnson introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 3274: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Johnson introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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; H.R. 4899: Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Johnson missed 3.3% of votes (44 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


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 114th Congress) 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.