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Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s 2018 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 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

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

1 of Herrera Beutler’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Herrera Beutler’s bills and resolutions had 216 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (10th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Washington Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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. 4656: Fishing and Small Vessel Relief ...; H.R. 5317: To repeal section 2141 of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (20th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 25th 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 164 bills that Herrera Beutler cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Herrera Beutler introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 374: To remove the sunset provision ...; H.R. 1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of ...; H.R. 2083: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation ...; H.R. 5317: To repeal section 2141 of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (90th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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.


 

Ranked 43rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Herrera Beutler’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 81st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Herrera Beutler cosponsored 164 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 (20th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Introduced the 97th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Herrera Beutler introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Was 107th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Herrera Beutler missed 1.2% of votes (15 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Herrera Beutler’s Profile »

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); All Representatives (25th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Herrera Beutler introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 374: To remove the sunset provision ...; H.R. 1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of ...; H.R. 2083: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation ...; H.R. 5317: To repeal section 2141 of ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (60th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

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 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Herrera Beutler caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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 (60th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Herrera Beutler’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Washington Delegation (40th percentile); House Republicans (48th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Herrera Beutler supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Herrera Beutler 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Herrera Beutler cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Washington Delegation (70th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.