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Rep. Ken Buck’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Buck’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 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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Buck’s 33 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Buck caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (11th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation

Buck cosponsored 144 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 (21st percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Colorado Delegation

Of the 144 bills that Buck cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).

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


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Colorado Delegation

Buck’s bills and resolutions had 70 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 Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Ranked the 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Buck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Buck introduced 29 bills in the 115th Congress 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.Res. 693: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 725: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 747: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 773: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 780: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 811: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 872: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 934: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 1051: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 519: Water and Agriculture Tax Reform ...; H.R. 725: Innocent Party Protection Act; H.R. 1132: Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act; H.R. 5844: Amache Study Act; H.R. 6779: Using Data to Prevent Opioid ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 5844: Amache Study Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Buck introduced 33 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

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

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

Buck cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; 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 (67th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Buck introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 5844: Amache Study Act; H.R. 6779: Using Data to Prevent Opioid ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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

1 of Buck’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. 725: Innocent Party Protection Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Buck 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 Buck’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Buck’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (57th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Buck missed 2.5% of votes (30 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Buck’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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.


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.