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Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Washington's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Herrera Beutler’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 Herrera Beutler’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation

Herrera Beutler introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation

Herrera Beutler cosponsored 144 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 Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Washington Delegation

Herrera Beutler’s bills and resolutions had 55 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 Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Ranked the bottom/follower compared to Washington Delegation

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 Herrera Beutler’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

3 of Herrera Beutler’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.R. 2168: West Coast Dungeness Crab Management ...; H.R. 3441: Accurate Education for Prenatal Screenings ...; H.R. 5065: Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Herrera Beutler missed 22.6% of votes (299 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Herrera Beutler’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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 47th 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 144 bills that Herrera Beutler cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Herrera Beutler 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. 5065: Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (45th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Herrera Beutler introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 564: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation ...; H.R. 2168: West Coast Dungeness Crab Management ...; H.R. 5065: Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th 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 Herrera Beutler’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. 2168: West Coast Dungeness Crab Management ...; H.R. 3806: Alaskan Pollock and Golden King ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (30th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Herrera Beutler’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Herrera Beutler 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 Herrera Beutler’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Herrera Beutler supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Herrera Beutler 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 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.