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Rep. Joe Wilson’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from South Carolina's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Dec 18, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Wilson’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Wilson’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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to South Carolina Delegation

Wilson missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Wilson’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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 most bills compared to South Carolina Delegation

Wilson introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to South Carolina Delegation

3 of Wilson’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Res. 92: Condemning North Korea’s development of ...; H.R. 846: Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act; H.R. 2775: Employee Privacy Protection Act

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to South Carolina Delegation

Wilson introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 2487: Military Family Stability Act

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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 most bills compared to South Carolina Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Wilson’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Wilson held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Wilson’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 11th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wilson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked the 23rd 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wilson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 27th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Wilson’s bills and resolutions had 417 cosponsors in 2017. 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 South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 39th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 164 bills that Wilson cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 39th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wilson introduced 5 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 92: Condemning North Korea’s development of ...; H.R. 2487: Military Family Stability Act; H.R. 2521: South Carolina Peanut Parity Act ...; H.R. 2775: Employee Privacy Protection Act; H.R. 3542: Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Wilson cosponsored 164 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 South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Wilson supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Wilson 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Wilson cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Wilson’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. 903: To restrict funding for the ...; H.R. 2487: Military Family Stability Act

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


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 2017) 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.