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Rep. John Moolenaar’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Moolenaar’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 Moolenaar’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.

 

Cosponsors

the fewest cosponsors among Michigan Delegation

Moolenaar’s bills and resolutions had 22 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
Michigan Delegation the fewest cosponsors out of 13 22
631 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 6th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 66 0
681 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 10th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 20th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

3rd fewest bills among Michigan Delegation

Moolenaar cosponsored 176 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 3rd fewest bills out of 13 51
638 bills View All
House Freshmen 17th fewest bills out of 66 1
584 bills View All
House Republicans 70th fewest bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

4th fewest bills among Michigan Delegation; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Moolenaar’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. 5452: Native American Health Savings Improvement ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 0
8 bills View All
House Freshmen 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 21) out of 66 0
8 bills View All
House Republicans 48th fewest bills (tied w/ 60) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

4th fewest bills among Michigan Delegation; tied with 4 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Moolenaar introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5452: Native American Health Savings Improvement ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 13 0
6 bills View All
House Freshmen 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 66 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 34th fewest bills (tied w/ 40) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

5th lowest score among Michigan Delegation; tied with 4 others

Moolenaar 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 Moolenaar’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Michigan Delegation 5th lowest score (tied w/ 4) out of 13 0
5 points View All
House Freshmen highest score along with 28 others out of 66 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
 

Government Transparency

6th least supportive among Michigan Delegation; tied with 2 others

GovTrack looked at whether Moolenaar supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Moolenaar 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 1764: United States Chief Technology Officer ...; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Michigan Delegation 6th least supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
7 points View All
House Freshmen 18th most supportive (tied w/ 11) out of 66 0
8 points View All
House Republicans 23rd most supportive (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 146th most supportive (tied w/ 63) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

38th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 12 others

Moolenaar introduced 6 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 13 5
32 bills View All
House Freshmen 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 66 0
26 bills View All
House Republicans 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 38th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

52nd fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 47 others

Moolenaar tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Moolenaar’s 6 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 2
7 bills View All
House Freshmen 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 66 0
21 bills View All
House Republicans 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 52nd fewest bills (tied w/ 47) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

61st fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 57 others

1 of Moolenaar’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.R. 5639: National Institute of Standards and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 1
16 bills View All
House Freshmen 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 66 0
13 bills View All
House Republicans 34th fewest bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 61st fewest bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

95th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 176 bills that Moolenaar cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Michigan Delegation 4th least bipartisan out of 13 6
32% of bills View All
House Freshmen 22nd least bipartisan out of 64 3
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 94th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 95th 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.

 

Missed Votes

125th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 6 others

Moolenaar missed 1.3% of votes (17 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Moolenaar’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Michigan Delegation 7th most voting out of 13 0
5% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 29th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 64 0
10% missed votes View All
All Representatives 125th most voting (tied w/ 6) 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.

 

Laws Enacted

Moolenaar introduced 0 bills 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 13 0
2 View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 28 others out of 66 0
5 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others 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.