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Rep. Joe Wilson’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from South Carolina's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Dec 18, 2001 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Wilson’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 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.

 

Ranked the 3rd 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 Wilson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Wilson’s bills and resolutions had 661 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 South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Ranked 20th most politically right 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wilson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Wilson’s 22 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Wilson caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wilson introduced 4 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 553: Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act; H.R. 554: Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform …; H.R. 4802: To amend the State Department …; H.R. 5408: Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 37th most bills compared to House Republicans

Wilson cosponsored 304 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 (44th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 32nd most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 17 others)

4 of Wilson’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.Res. 569: Recognizing the 111th anniversary of …; H.R. 553: Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act; H.R. 5491: Body Armor for Females Modernization …; H.R. 8445: Hezbollah Money Laundering Prevention Act …

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Introduced the 43rd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Wilson introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 61st 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 304 bills that Wilson cosponsored, 50% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

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


 

Was 96th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Wilson missed 4.5% of votes (43 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Wilson’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Representatives (78th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Wilson 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. 553: Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 5408: Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act; H.R. 7063: Foreign Influence Transparency Act; H.R. 7148: United States-Israel Military Capability Act …; H.R. 8578: Parris Island Protection Act

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Wilson 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 Wilson’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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.