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Rep. Justin Amash’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Amash’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Amash’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.

 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Amash’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Was 7th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Amash missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Amash’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); All Representatives (1st 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.


 

Cosponsored the 11th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Amash cosponsored 55 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 Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 36th 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 55 bills that Amash cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (69th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 42nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 35 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Amash supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Amash 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Amash sponsored H.R. 5143: Searchable Legislation Act of 2018

Amash cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 69th bottom/follower 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Amash’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got the 78th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Amash’s bills and resolutions had 87 cosponsors in the 115th Congress. 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 Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 61st least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 58 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Amash introduced 1 bill in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1850: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Introduced the 97th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Amash introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Amash introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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. 1850: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Amash’s bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress 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.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Amash’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.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Amash’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Amash caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Amash held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Amash’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (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 the 115th Congress) 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.