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Rep. John Dingell’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 12th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Dingell’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 Dingell’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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among Michigan Delegation

0 of Dingell’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
Michigan Delegation the fewest bills out of 14 0
15 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 177 0
27 bills View All
House Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 207 0
21 bills View All
Safe House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 58) out of 397 0
27 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

the fewest bills among Michigan Delegation

Dingell introduced 3 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation the fewest bills out of 14 3
37 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 177 0
67 bills View All
House Democrats 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 207 0
96 bills View All
Safe House Seats 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 397 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

the fewest cosponsors among Michigan Delegation

Dingell’s bills and resolutions had 23 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
Michigan Delegation the fewest cosponsors out of 14 23
714 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th fewest cosponsors out of 177 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 16th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 207 0
1,535 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 30th fewest cosponsors out of 397 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 32nd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

3rd most bipartisan among Michigan Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 172 bills that Dingell cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Michigan Delegation 3rd most bipartisan out of 14 5
45% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bipartisan out of 176 2
71% of bills View All
House Democrats 102nd least bipartisan out of 205 14
71% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 84th most bipartisan out of 393 1
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 109th 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

18th fewest bills among House Democrats

Dingell cosponsored 172 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
Michigan Delegation 5th fewest bills out of 14 68
643 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 42nd fewest bills out of 177 0
805 bills View All
House Democrats 18th fewest bills out of 207 0
805 bills View All
Safe House Seats 84th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 397 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 87th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

30th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Dingell missed 9.3% of votes (112 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Dingell’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Michigan Delegation the most absent out of 14 0
9% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 18th most absent out of 172 0
58% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 29th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 390 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 30th most absent (tied w/ 1) 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.

 

Working with the Senate

45th fewest bills among House Democrats; tied with 41 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Dingell’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. 4421: MotorCities National Heritage Area Extension ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 14 0
5 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 177 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 45th fewest bills (tied w/ 41) out of 207 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 92nd fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 397 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Dingell 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
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 5 others out of 14 0
5 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 74 others out of 177 0
23 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 120 others out of 207 0
6 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 151 others out of 397 0
23 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 168 others out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Dingell 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 Dingell’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Michigan Delegation lowest score along with 4 others out of 14 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 34) out of 177 0
10 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 92 others out of 207 0
6 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 156 others out of 397 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 180 others out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Dingell 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
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 14 0
5 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 110 others out of 177 0
9 laws View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 149 others out of 207 0
3 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 258 others out of 397 0
9 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 Dingell supported any of 12 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Dingell 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Michigan Delegation least supportive along with 11 others out of 14 0
4 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 140 others out of 177 0
9 points View All
House Democrats least supportive along with 152 others out of 207 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 315 others out of 397 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.