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Rep. Joseph Heck’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Nevada's 3rd District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Heck’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 Heck’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th highest % of bills compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 62% of Heck’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (78th percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Heck’s bills and resolutions had 309 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 Competitive House Seats (88th percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked 10th most conservative compared to Competitive House Seats

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Heck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 4 others)

Heck introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (74th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 157 bills that Heck cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (28th percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heck introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013; H.R. 697: Three Kids Mine Remediation and ...; H.R. 2166: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 61st top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (86th percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heck 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. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (81st percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Heck’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st 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 Heck’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. 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013; H.R. 2788: Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Sophomores (68th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Heck 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 Heck’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Heck cosponsored 157 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 Competitive House Seats (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Heck missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Heck’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.