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Rep. Karen Handel’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 6th District
Republican
Served Jun 26, 2017 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Handel’s record during the 115th Congress (Jun 26, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 Handel’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 the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Handel’s bills and resolutions had 8 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 Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (9th percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Georgia Delegation

Handel missed 0.2% of votes (2 of 887 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Handel’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (8th percentile); All Representatives (5th 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 2nd fewest bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Handel cosponsored 118 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 Georgia Delegation (7th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

Handel introduced 5 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (7th percentile); House Freshmen (12th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 16th least often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 9 others)

1 of Handel’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 5645: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 28th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Handel’s 5 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Handel caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (7th percentile); House Freshmen (16th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 54th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 118 bills that Handel cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (29th percentile); House Freshmen (17th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (12th 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 55th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 28 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Handel introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5440: To require notice from the ...; H.R. 5645: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...; H.R. 6691: Community Safety and Security Act ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (45th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Handel introduced 0 bills 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.

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Handel’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.Res. 832: Recognizing linemen, the profession of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (29th percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Handel 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 Handel’s Profile »

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Handel supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Handel 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Handel cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4458: To amend the Congressional Accountability ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); House Freshmen (54th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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.