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Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr.’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 2nd District
Republican
Served Nov 8, 1988 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Duncan’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 Duncan’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 Tennessee Delegation

Duncan missed 0.9% of votes (11 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Duncan’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the highest % of bills compared to Tennessee Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 36% of Duncan’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 3 others)

2 of Duncan’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 1133: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...; H.R. 2154: CPI for Seniors Act of ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Duncan supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Duncan 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Duncan sponsored H.R. 1133: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Duncan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 49th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 47 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Duncan introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1133: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Duncan 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.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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.


 

Bills Introduced

Duncan introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Duncan’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. 3836: Pat Summitt Congressional Gold Medal ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Duncan 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 Duncan’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Duncan cosponsored 260 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 Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 260 bills that Duncan cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Duncan’s bills and resolutions had 198 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 »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Duncan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 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.