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Rep. Howard Coble’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 6th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 1985 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Coble’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Coble’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.

 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Coble missed 14.5% of votes (175 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Coble’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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 48th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 268 bills that Coble cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).

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


 

Got the 50th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Coble’s bills and resolutions had 46 cosponsors in the 113th 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 North Carolina Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 58th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Coble cosponsored 268 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 North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Introduced the 50th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 22 others)

Coble introduced 6 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Coble’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. 1129: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Coble’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.R. 1129: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...; H.R. 3626: To extend the Undetectable Firearms ...; H.R. 5036: Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Coble introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 2871: To amend title 28, United ...; H.R. 3626: To extend the Undetectable Firearms ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Coble 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 Coble’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coble introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2871: To amend title 28, United ...; H.R. 5036: Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 the 113th Congress) 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.