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Rep. James Comer’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Comer’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Comer’s bills and resolutions had 4 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (2nd 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. 1 of Comer’s 3 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Comer caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Held the 5th most committee positions compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Comer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 (67th percentile); House Sophomores (87th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Comer cosponsored 118 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 (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Introduced the 22nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Comer introduced 3 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 82nd 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 118 bills that Comer cosponsored, 48% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Comer introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 1 bill in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 128: Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (20th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Comer’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 128: Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act ...; H.R. 3765: Citizens Count Census Act of ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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. 3765: Citizens Count Census Act of ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Comer missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Comer’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 2019) 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.