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Rep. Jefferson Van Drew’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Van Drew’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Van Drew’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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to House Republicans

Van Drew cosponsored 588 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 New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (82nd percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most politically right compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Van Drew’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Van Drew introduced 2 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3195: Land and Water Conservation Fund ...; H.R. 5678: Privacy Office Enhancement Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (38th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Van Drew’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. 2321: Understanding the True Cost of ...; H.R. 3195: Land and Water Conservation Fund ...; H.R. 4777: Protect our Elections Act; H.R. 7731: Workforce Recovery and Training Services ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th 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 588 bills that Van Drew cosponsored, 74% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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 4th least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 2 others)

3 of Van Drew’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 1149: Atlantic Coastal Economies Protection Act; H.R. 3195: Land and Water Conservation Fund ...; H.R. 5678: Privacy Office Enhancement Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (43rd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Ranked the 17th top leader compared to House Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Van Drew’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Was 21st most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Van Drew missed 2.5% of votes (24 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Van Drew’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got the 31st most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Van Drew’s bills and resolutions had 347 cosponsors in the 116th 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 New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 29th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Van Drew’s 24 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Van Drew caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (61st percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 33rd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Van Drew introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Van Drew introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 3195: Land and Water Conservation Fund ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Van Drew 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. View Van Drew’s Profile »

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


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.