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Rep. Ken Buck’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Buck’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Buck’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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Colorado Delegation

Buck missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Buck’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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.


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Colorado Delegation

Buck’s bills and resolutions had 50 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation

Buck cosponsored 82 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 Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Colorado Delegation

Of the 82 bills that Buck cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Colorado Delegation

Buck 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. 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 Buck’s Profile »

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


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Buck’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 Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom follower compared to Colorado Delegation

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Buck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Buck introduced 17 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 71: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 175: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 198: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 240: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 242: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 323: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 352: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 375: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 378: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 381: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 410: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 468: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 469: Requesting the Senate to return ...; H.Res. 609: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 658: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 725: Innocent Party Protection Act; H.R. 1132: Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Introduced the 29th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Buck introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (92nd percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Buck supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Buck 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Buck cosponsored H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (69th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Buck’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 725: Innocent Party Protection Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Buck’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (37th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Buck introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Ideology Score

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Buck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (47th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (61st 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 2017) 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.