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Rep. John Ratcliffe’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Ratcliffe’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Ratcliffe introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 1616: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Ranked the 10th top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Ratcliffe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Was 9th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Ratcliffe missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Ratcliffe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

5 of Ratcliffe’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 75: ALERT Act of 2017; H.R. 76: Separation of Powers Restoration Act ...; H.R. 239: Support for Rapid Innovation Act ...; H.R. 240: Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of ...; H.R. 1616: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked 52nd most conservative compared to 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Ratcliffe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 42nd fewest bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 40 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Ratcliffe’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 53rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ratcliffe introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 239: Support for Rapid Innovation Act ...; H.R. 240: Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of ...; H.R. 1616: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; H.R. 1842: Strengthening Children’s Safety Act of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (69th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 108th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 141 bills that Ratcliffe cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (36th percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Ratcliffe introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (53rd percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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.R. 1616: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; H.R. 3640: Department of Veterans Affairs Information ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (53rd percentile); House Sophomores (65th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

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. View Ratcliffe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Ratcliffe cosponsored 141 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 Texas Delegation (47th percentile); House Sophomores (32nd percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Ratcliffe’s bills and resolutions had 157 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Texas Delegation (58th percentile); House Sophomores (68th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Ratcliffe supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ratcliffe 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Ratcliffe cosponsored H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.