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Rep. James Comer’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Kentucky's 1st District
Republican
Serving Nov 14, 2016 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Comer’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him 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 Comer’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 Kentucky Delegation

Comer introduced 5 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (12th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Kentucky Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Comer’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. 5485: Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Kentucky Delegation

Of the 117 bills that Comer cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (19th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).

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


 

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

1 of Comer’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. 3530: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Kentucky Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Comer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Comer’s Profile »

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


 

Supported government transparency the least often compared to Kentucky Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Comer supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Comer 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Comer’s 5 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Comer caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 36th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Comer cosponsored 117 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 Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Was 45th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Comer missed 0.6% of votes (7 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Comer’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (23rd percentile); All Representatives (10th 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.


 

Got the 67th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Comer’s bills and resolutions had 71 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 Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Comer introduced 1 bill 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. 5485: Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (37th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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. Comer introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4182: EQUALS Act of 2017; H.R. 5485: Hemp Farming Act of 2018; H.R. 6316: Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act ...; H.R. 6838: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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.