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Rep. John Yarmuth’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Kentucky's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Yarmuth’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Yarmuth’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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Kentucky Delegation

Yarmuth introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Kentucky Delegation

3 of Yarmuth’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 2050: ACHE Act; H.R. 3877: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019; H.J.Res. 33: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Kentucky Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Yarmuth’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. 4284: Advancing Growth in the Economy ...; H.R. 5191: Runaway and Homeless Youth and ...

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Kentucky Delegation

Yarmuth 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 Yarmuth’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Kentucky Delegation

Yarmuth cosponsored 288 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 Kentucky Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Kentucky Delegation

Of the 288 bills that Yarmuth cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).

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


 

Ranked most liberal compared to Kentucky Delegation

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Yarmuth’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Got the 26th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Yarmuth’s bills and resolutions had 64 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Kentucky Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Ranked the 30th bottom/follower compared to House Democrats

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Yarmuth’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 53rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Yarmuth’s 12 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Yarmuth caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Laws Enacted

Yarmuth introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 2021: Investing for the People Act ...; H.R. 3877: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Yarmuth introduced 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2021: Investing for the People Act ...; H.R. 3877: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Yarmuth missed 1.4% of votes (10 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Yarmuth’s Profile »

Compare to all Kentucky Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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.


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.