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Rep. John Carney’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Delaware's At-Large District
Democrat
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2017


These statistics cover Carney’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Carney’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 17th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Carney cosponsored 206 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 House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 32nd 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 206 bills that Carney cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Got the 46th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Carney’s bills and resolutions had 47 cosponsors in the 114th 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 House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Ranked the 50th bottom/follower 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Carney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 46th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 30 others)

2 of Carney’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 2362: Medical Debt Relief Act of ...; H.R. 3784: SEC Small Business Advocate Act ...

Compare to all House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Carney introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 3784: SEC Small Business Advocate Act ...

Compare to all House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 Introduced

Carney introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Carney introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3784: SEC Small Business Advocate Act ...

Compare to all House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Carney’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.Res. 300: On the passing of Joseph ...; H.R. 1772: Delaware River Basin Conservation Act ...; H.R. 2362: Medical Debt Relief Act of ...; H.R. 2364: Protect Student Borrowers Act of ...

Compare to all House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Carney’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Carney 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 Carney’s Profile »

Compare to all House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Carney missed 2.7% of votes (36 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Carney’s Profile »

Compare to all All Representatives (56th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Carney supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Carney 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Carney cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 5051: OPEN Government Data Act

Compare to all House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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