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Rep. John Fleming’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Louisiana's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Fleming’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 Fleming’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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

the least bipartisan among Louisiana Delegation

Of the 160 bills that Fleming cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Louisiana Delegation the least bipartisan out of 6 4
30% of bills View All
House Republicans 8th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 9th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among Louisiana Delegation; tied with 1 other

2 of Fleming’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.Res. 798: Affirming the votes of the ...; H.R. 4828: Conscience Protection Act of 2016

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Louisiana Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 6 2
7 bills View All
House Republicans 74th fewest bills (tied w/ 40) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 119th fewest bills (tied w/ 72) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd fewest bills among Louisiana Delegation

Fleming tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Fleming’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Louisiana Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 6 2
16 bills View All
House Republicans 58th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 100th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

2nd fewest bills among Louisiana Delegation; tied with 1 other

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fleming introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3342: To provide for stability of ...; H.R. 5011: To designate the Federal building ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Louisiana Delegation 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 6 1
4 bills View All
House Republicans 75th fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bills (tied w/ 86) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among Louisiana Delegation; tied with 2 others

Fleming introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Louisiana Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 6 6
39 bills View All
House Republicans 101st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

45th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 17 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Fleming’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. 1397: Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act of ...; H.R. 4036: To prohibit any regulation regarding ...; H.R. 4828: Conscience Protection Act of 2016; H.R. 5011: To designate the Federal building ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Louisiana Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 6 1
8 bills View All
House Republicans 45th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 81st most bills (tied w/ 42) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

69th fewest bills among All Representatives

Fleming cosponsored 160 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
Louisiana Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 6 69
358 bills View All
House Republicans 58th fewest bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 69th fewest bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

109th most conservative among All Representatives

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fleming’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Louisiana Delegation 3rd most conservative out of 6
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House Republicans 109th most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 109th most conservative out of 439
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Missed Votes

132nd most voting among All Representatives; tied with 10 others

Fleming missed 1.4% of votes (18 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Fleming’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Louisiana Delegation 3rd most absent out of 6 0
6% missed votes View All
All Representatives 132nd most voting (tied w/ 10) out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Leadership Score

178th best score among 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 Fleming’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Louisiana Delegation 3rd best score out of 6
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House Republicans 124th worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 178th best score out of 439
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Cosponsors

180th fewest cosponsors among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Fleming’s bills and resolutions had 172 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Louisiana Delegation 3rd most cosponsors out of 6 100
919 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 107th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 180th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Government Transparency

137th least supportive among All Representatives; tied with 93 others

GovTrack looked at whether Fleming supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Fleming 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Louisiana Delegation 2nd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 6 0
2 points View All
House Republicans 49th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Committee Positions

Fleming held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Fleming’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Louisiana Delegation highest score along with 3 others out of 6 0
1 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Fleming 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. 5011: To designate the Federal building ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Louisiana Delegation 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 6 0
2 View All
House Republicans 55th most bills (tied w/ 82) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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 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.