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Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Utah's 3rd District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jun 30, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Chaffetz’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Chaffetz’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.

 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Chaffetz introduced 2 bills that became law in 2013. 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. 251: South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance ...; H.R. 254: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation ...

Compare to all House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Supported government transparency the 7th most often compared to House Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Chaffetz supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Chaffetz 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Chaffetz cosponsored H.R. 917: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; H.R. 2061: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...

Compare to all House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Chaffetz’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. 251: South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance ...; H.R. 253: Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act; H.R. 254: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation ...; H.R. 255: To amend certain definitions contained ...; H.R. 633: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act ...

Compare to all House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Chaffetz introduced 7 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 249: Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act ...; H.R. 251: South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance ...; H.R. 253: Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act; H.R. 254: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation ...; H.R. 255: To amend certain definitions contained ...; H.R. 328: Excess Federal Building and Property ...; H.R. 882: Contracting and Tax Accountability Act ...

Compare to all House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Chaffetz introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 9 others)

4 of Chaffetz’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 633: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act ...; H.R. 1312: Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act; H.R. 1873: Review Every Dollar Act of ...; H.R. 2656: Public Safety Enhancement Act of ...

Compare to all House Republicans (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 62nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Chaffetz cosponsored 97 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 House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 89th least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Of the 97 bills that Chaffetz cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Chaffetz tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 28% of Chaffetz’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Chaffetz 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 Chaffetz’s Profile »

Compare to all House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Chaffetz’s bills and resolutions had 83 cosponsors in 2013. 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 House Republicans (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (40th 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Chaffetz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (64th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Chaffetz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Chaffetz missed 1.4% of votes (9 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Chaffetz’s Profile »

Compare to all Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.