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Rep. John Barrow’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 12th District
Democrat
Served Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Barrow’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Barrow’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.

 

Missed Votes

the most voting among Competitive House Seats; tied with 1 other

Barrow missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Barrow’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Georgia Delegation the most voting out of 14 0
14% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats the most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 44 0
35% missed votes View All
All Representatives the most voting (tied w/ 6) out of 434 0
58% missed votes View All

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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among Georgia Delegation; tied with 1 other

0 of Barrow’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
8 bills View All
Competitive House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 44 0
6 bills View All
House Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 207 0
21 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd lowest % of bills among Competitive House Seats

Barrow tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 20% of Barrow’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Georgia Delegation 3rd lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 6
50% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 2nd lowest % of bills out of 31 17
74% of bills View All
House Democrats 32nd lowest % of bills (tied w/ 4) out of 140 0
83% of bills View All
All Representatives 55th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 8) out of 281 0
100% of bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

3rd most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 165 bills that Barrow cosponsored, 66% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Georgia Delegation the most bipartisan out of 14 3
66% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 2nd most bipartisan out of 44 5
68% of bills View All
House Democrats 3rd most bipartisan out of 205 14
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 3rd most bipartisan out of 437 1
71% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

3rd fewest bills among Competitive House Seats

Barrow cosponsored 165 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 14 80
414 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 3rd fewest bills out of 44 98
609 bills View All
House Democrats 14th fewest bills out of 207 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 75th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

4th worst score among Competitive House Seats

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Barrow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Georgia Delegation 2nd worst score out of 14
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Competitive House Seats 4th worst score out of 44
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House Democrats 25th worst score out of 207
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All Representatives 41st worst score out of 441
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Cosponsors

4th fewest cosponsors among Competitive House Seats

Barrow’s bills and resolutions had 37 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Georgia Delegation 3rd fewest cosponsors out of 14 16
854 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 4th fewest cosponsors out of 44 6
1,042 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 23rd fewest cosponsors out of 207 0
1,535 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 43rd fewest cosponsors out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the Senate

10th fewest bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 9 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Barrow’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. 223: John Tanner Fairness and Independence ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
7 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 44 0
12 bills View All
House Democrats 45th fewest bills (tied w/ 41) out of 207 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 101st fewest bills (tied w/ 104) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

18th fewest bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 2 others

Barrow introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 1
27 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 44 5
36 bills View All
House Democrats 92nd most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 207 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 183rd most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barrow introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation fewest bills along with 5 others out of 14 0
13 bills View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 16 others out of 44 0
7 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 120 others out of 207 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 168 others out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Barrow 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. 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 Barrow’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Georgia Delegation the lowest score (tied w/ 3) out of 14 0
1 points View All
Competitive House Seats lowest score along with 23 others out of 44 0
5 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 92 others out of 207 0
6 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 180 others out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Barrow introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Georgia Delegation fewest bills along with 12 others out of 14 0
1 laws View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 26 others out of 44 0
4 laws View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 149 others out of 207 0
3 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 285 others out of 441 0
9 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Barrow supported any of 12 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Barrow 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Georgia Delegation least supportive along with 10 others out of 14 0
2 points View All
Competitive House Seats least supportive along with 37 others out of 44 0
2 points View All
House Democrats least supportive along with 152 others out of 207 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 353 others out of 441 0
9 points View All

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.

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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.