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Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr.’s 2015 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Duncan’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Tennessee Delegation

Duncan’s bills and resolutions had 61 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Duncan held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Duncan’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Duncan introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Duncan supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Duncan 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Duncan sponsored H.R. 1069: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...

Duncan cosponsored H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 202 bills that Duncan cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 9 others)

2 of Duncan’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1069: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...; H.R. 3074: CPI for Seniors Act of ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Duncan introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1069: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 45th most bills compared to House Republicans

Duncan cosponsored 202 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); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Duncan introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

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

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


 

Missed Votes

Duncan missed 2.0% of votes (14 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Duncan’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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.


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 2015) 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.