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Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s 2016 Report Card

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


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

 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Chaffetz supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Chaffetz 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Chaffetz sponsored H.R. 2395: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; H.R. 1577: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ...

Chaffetz cosponsored H.R. 5920: Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Act

Compare to all House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Chaffetz introduced 14 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 737: Condemning and censuring John A. ...; H.R. 759: Corrections and Recidivism Reduction Act ...; H.R. 1153: Asylum Reform and Border Protection ...; H.R. 1562: Contracting and Tax Accountability Act ...; H.R. 1563: Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act ...; H.R. 1777: Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of ...; H.R. 2395: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; H.R. 4359: Administrative Leave Reform Act; H.R. 4360: Official Personnel File Enhancement Act; H.R. 4901: SOAR Reauthorization Act; H.R. 5714: Postal Service Reform Act of ...; H.R. 5790: Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower ...; H.R. 6302: Overtime Pay for Protective Services ...; H.R. 6303: To designate facilities of the ...

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

14 of Chaffetz’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. 213: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act ...; H.R. 491: GPS Act; H.R. 707: Restoration of America’s Wire Act; H.R. 759: Corrections and Recidivism Reduction Act ...; H.R. 1153: Asylum Reform and Border Protection ...; H.R. 1777: Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of ...; H.R. 2395: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; H.R. 2775: Remote Transactions Parity Act of ...; H.R. 3871: Stingray Privacy Act of 2015; H.R. 4751: Local Enforcement for Local Lands ...; H.R. 4779: CBD Oil Act of 2016; H.R. 5714: Postal Service Reform Act of ...; H.R. 5790: Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower ...; H.R. 6450: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

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


 

Introduced the 24th most bills compared to All Representatives

Chaffetz introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 15 others)

Chaffetz introduced 3 bills 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. 5790: Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower ...; H.R. 6302: Overtime Pay for Protective Services ...; H.R. 6450: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (91st 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 29th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Chaffetz’s 37 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 39th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 139 bills that Chaffetz cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 39th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Chaffetz cosponsored 139 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 (13th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Got the 50th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Chaffetz’s bills and resolutions had 480 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 House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Ranked the 58th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Chaffetz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (87th 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 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. 435: Disposal of Excess Federal Lands ...

Compare to all House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Chaffetz held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Chaffetz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Chaffetz missed 3.9% of votes (52 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Chaffetz’s Profile »

Compare to all All Representatives (68th 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 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.