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Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 5th District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Hensarling’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 Hensarling’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Hensarling’s 3 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hensarling caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hensarling introduced 1 bill in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 10: Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 133 bills that Hensarling cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Was 7th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation

Hensarling missed 1.4% of votes (17 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Hensarling’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 14th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Hensarling’s bills and resolutions had 41 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 Texas Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Introduced the 14th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Hensarling introduced 3 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 56th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Hensarling cosponsored 133 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 Texas Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hensarling introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Hensarling’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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Hensarling’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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Hensarling 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 Hensarling’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.