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Rep. Jim Banks’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Indiana's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Banks’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 Banks’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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to Indiana Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Banks’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. 63: Student Loan Disclosure Modernization Act; H.R. 2161: Pell Flexibility Act of 2019; H.R. 2618: To amend the Servicemembers Civil ...; H.J.Res. 78: Expressing support for freedom of ...

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Indiana Delegation

Banks’s bills and resolutions had 204 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 Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (69th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Indiana Delegation

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Banks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Indiana Delegation

Banks missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Banks’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Introduced the 21st most bills compared to House Republicans

Banks introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd most right (~conservative) compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Banks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 32nd least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 183 bills that Banks cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (53rd percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Banks 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 Indiana 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. Banks introduced 1 bill in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3996: VA Design-Build Construction Enhancement Act ...

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (20th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Banks’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.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Banks’s 20 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Banks caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Banks 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 Banks’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (62nd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Banks cosponsored 183 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 Indiana Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (36th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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 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.