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Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from California's 25th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover McKeon’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 McKeon’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th lowest % of bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

McKeon tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 17% of McKeon’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); California Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 99 bills that McKeon cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); California Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of McKeon’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. 5742: Soledad Canyon Settlement Act

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); California Delegation (21st 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.


 

Ranked 21st most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McKeon’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); California Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 22nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

McKeon cosponsored 99 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (9th percentile); California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McKeon introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1960: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; H.R. 4435: Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National ...; H.R. 4939: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); California Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of McKeon’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. 1960: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; H.R. 1998: Big Cats and Public Safety ...; H.R. 4435: Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National ...; H.R. 4939: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); California Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

McKeon held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View McKeon’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McKeon introduced 1 bill 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. 4939: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); California Delegation (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

McKeon introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); California Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McKeon’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); California Delegation (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

McKeon’s bills and resolutions had 203 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 House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); California Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McKeon missed 4.3% of votes (52 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View McKeon’s Profile »

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); California Delegation (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (71st 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 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.