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Rep. Jack Bergman’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Bergman’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Bergman’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 2nd least often compared to Michigan Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Bergman’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 3495: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Bergman introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 561: Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans …; H.R. 3495: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act; H.R. 5278: GI Bill Planning Act of …; H.R. 6335: To waive required minimum distribution …

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (91st percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Michigan Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Bergman’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. 3495: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act; H.R. 6335: To waive required minimum distribution …

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (29th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 10th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Bergman introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bergman introduced 5 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 561: Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans …; H.R. 3495: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act; H.R. 4162: GI Bill Planning Act of …; H.R. 5278: GI Bill Planning Act of …; H.R. 6335: To waive required minimum distribution …

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); House Sophomores (75th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Ranked the 21st top leader compared to House Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bergman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Got the 25th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Bergman’s bills and resolutions had 373 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (75th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 67th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 183 bills that Bergman cosponsored, 48% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (81st percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 80th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Bergman cosponsored 183 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 Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Bergman’s 12 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Bergman caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (42nd percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Bergman 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 Bergman’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (62nd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bergman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Bergman missed 2.0% of votes (19 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Bergman’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.