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Rep. John Kline’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Minnesota's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Kline’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Kline’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 their bills out of committee the most often compared to Minnesota Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kline introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5: Student Success Act; H.R. 1911: Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Minnesota Delegation

Of the 179 bills that Kline cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Minnesota Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Kline introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 1911: Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

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

Kline 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 Kline’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

Kline introduced 4 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (13th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got the 11th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Kline’s bills and resolutions had 61 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Was 19th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Kline missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Kline’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (17th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 46th most bills compared to House Republicans

Kline cosponsored 179 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 Minnesota Delegation (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Kline’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.

Compare to all Minnesota 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).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Kline’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. 1971: To direct the Secretary of ...

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (38th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Kline supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Kline 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Minnesota 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).


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 2013) 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.

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