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Rep. Joseph Heck’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Heck’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 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.

 

Committee Positions

4th highest score among Competitive House Seats; tied with 1 other

Heck held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Heck’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Competitive House Seats 4th highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 55 0
6 points View All
House Republicans 33rd highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 54th highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Missed Votes

9th most absent among Competitive House Seats; tied with 2 others

Heck missed 3.0% of votes (21 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Heck’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Competitive House Seats 9th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 55 0
8% missed votes View All
All Representatives 126th most absent (tied w/ 9) 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.

 

Leadership Score

15th best score among Competitive House Seats

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 Heck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Competitive House Seats 15th best score out of 55
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House Republicans 109th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 147th best score out of 440
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Cosponsors

17th most cosponsors among Competitive House Seats

Heck’s bills and resolutions had 180 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
Competitive House Seats 17th most cosponsors out of 55 0
695 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 91st most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 169th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

22nd fewest bills among Competitive House Seats

Heck cosponsored 159 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
Competitive House Seats 22nd fewest bills out of 55 59
381 bills View All
House Republicans 102nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
All Representatives 185th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

21st most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 4 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 21st most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 55 2
27 bills View All
House Republicans 106th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bills (tied w/ 33) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

35th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 159 bills that Heck cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Competitive House Seats 22nd least bipartisan out of 55 2
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 35th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
All Representatives 210th most 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.

 

Ideology Score

65th most liberal among House Republicans

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 Heck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Competitive House Seats 24th most conservative out of 55
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House Republicans 65th most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 183rd most conservative out of 440
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Powerful Cosponsors

62nd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 25 others

3 of Heck’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. 373: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery ...; H.R. 468: Enhancing Services for Runaway and ...; H.R. 3177: Simplifying the Application for Student ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 8th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 62nd most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 105th most bills (tied w/ 64) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

71st fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 65 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 373: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 16) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 71st fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 130th fewest bills (tied w/ 111) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heck introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 373: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 8th most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 55 0
5 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

Heck 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
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 44 others out of 55 0
2 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Heck supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Competitive House Seats least supportive along with 30 others out of 55 0
4 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.