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Rep. John Ratcliffe’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Ratcliffe’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 Ratcliffe’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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

3rd most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ratcliffe introduced 4 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1637: Federally Funded Research and Development ...; H.R. 1759: ALERT Act of 2015; H.R. 3490: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; H.R. 3578: DHS Science and Technology Reform ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 36 0
12 bills View All
House Freshmen 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 64 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 25th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 25th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 26th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

3rd most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 2 others

5 of Ratcliffe’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. 1637: Federally Funded Research and Development ...; H.R. 1759: ALERT Act of 2015; H.R. 3118: To eliminate the Bureau of ...; H.R. 3490: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; H.R. 3578: DHS Science and Technology Reform ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 7th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 36 0
16 bills View All
House Freshmen 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 64 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 27th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 37th most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 40th most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

7th best score among House Freshmen

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Ratcliffe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Texas Delegation 16th best score out of 36
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House Freshmen 7th best score out of 64
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House Republicans 105th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 128th best score out of 385
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All Representatives 142nd best score out of 440
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Bills Introduced

9th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Ratcliffe introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 36 1
65 bills View All
House Freshmen 9th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 64 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 106th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 178th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bills (tied w/ 33) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

11th most cosponsors among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Ratcliffe’s bills and resolutions had 154 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Texas Delegation 18th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 36 0
615 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 11th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 64 0
347 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 106th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 169th most cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 189th most cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

25th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 108 bills that Ratcliffe cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Texas Delegation 10th least bipartisan out of 36 1
57% of bills View All
House Freshmen 7th least bipartisan out of 64 0
65% of bills View All
House Republicans 25th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 24th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 25th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% 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

41st most voting among All Representatives; tied with 18 others

Ratcliffe missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Ratcliffe’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Texas Delegation 5th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 36 0
24% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 11th most voting (tied w/ 8) out of 62 0
16% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 34th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 41st most voting (tied w/ 18) out of 433 0
24% 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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

73rd fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 3 others

Ratcliffe cosponsored 108 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
Texas Delegation 9th fewest bills out of 36 59
395 bills View All
House Freshmen 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 64 21
343 bills View All
House Republicans 62nd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 66th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 73rd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

116th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Ratcliffe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Texas Delegation 18th most conservative out of 36
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House Freshmen 17th most conservative out of 64
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House Republicans 116th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 106th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 116th most conservative out of 440
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Working with the Senate

128th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 71 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Ratcliffe’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.J.Res. 67: Disapproving a rule submitted by ...; H.J.Res. 68: Disapproving a rule submitted by ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 36 0
10 bills View All
House Freshmen 5th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 64 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans 72nd most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 114th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 71) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

157th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 94 others

GovTrack looked at whether Ratcliffe supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ratcliffe 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 1615: DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Texas Delegation 9th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 36 0
6 points View All
House Freshmen 17th most supportive (tied w/ 20) out of 64 0
4 points View All
House Republicans 24th most supportive (tied w/ 52) out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats 146th most supportive (tied w/ 81) out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 157th most supportive (tied w/ 94) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Committee Positions

Ratcliffe 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 Ratcliffe’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Texas Delegation 9th lowest score (tied w/ 15) out of 36 0
10 points View All
House Freshmen highest score along with 27 others out of 64 0
1 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Ratcliffe 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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation fewest bills along with 25 others out of 36 0
3 laws View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 55 others out of 64 0
2 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

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 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.