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Rep. Kenny Marchant’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 24th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Marchant’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 Marchant’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.

 

Ideology Score

8th most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 Marchant’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Texas Delegation 7th most conservative out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 8th most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 28th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 28th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 28th most conservative out of 440
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Working with the Senate

10th fewest bills among Texas Delegation; tied with 8 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Marchant’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. 1773: Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 36 0
10 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 71st fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 111th fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 385 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.

 

Cosponsors

14th fewest cosponsors among Texas Delegation

Marchant’s bills and resolutions had 125 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
Texas Delegation 14th fewest cosponsors out of 36 0
615 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 78th fewest cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 124th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 188th fewest cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 220th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

12th fewest bills among Texas Delegation; tied with 5 others

2 of Marchant’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. 3442: Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility ...; H.R. 4062: Protecting Seniors Access to Proper ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 36 0
16 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 62nd fewest bills (tied w/ 30) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 88th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 152nd most bills (tied w/ 69) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 170th most bills (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

17th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 169 bills that Marchant cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Texas Delegation 8th least bipartisan out of 36 1
57% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 17th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 16th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 17th least 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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

31st lowest % of bills among House Republicans; tied with 2 others

Marchant tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 31% of Marchant’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Texas Delegation 9th lowest % of bills out of 17 8
59% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 45th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 31st lowest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 76th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 79th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 3) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

55th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Marchant missed 6.1% of votes (43 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Marchant’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Texas Delegation 7th most absent out of 36 0
24% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 27th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 53rd most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 55th most absent (tied w/ 2) 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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

51st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 45 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Marchant introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1152: IRS Email Transparency Act; H.R. 3442: Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 9th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 36 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 27th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 49th most bills (tied w/ 37) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 48th most bills (tied w/ 41) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 51st most bills (tied w/ 45) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

82nd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 2 others

Marchant cosponsored 169 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
Texas Delegation 14th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 36 59
395 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 82nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 182nd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 212th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

100th best score among 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Marchant’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Texas Delegation 11th best score out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 45th best score out of 169
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House Republicans 82nd best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 91st best score out of 385
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All Representatives 100th best score out of 440
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Bills Introduced

131st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 23 others

Marchant introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 36 1
65 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 70th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 68th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 120th most bills (tied w/ 19) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 131st most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Marchant 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 Marchant’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Texas Delegation the lowest score (tied w/ 7) out of 36 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 27) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 139 others out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Marchant 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
Texas Delegation fewest bills along with 25 others out of 36 0
3 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 131 others out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 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 Marchant supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Marchant 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Texas Delegation least supportive along with 17 others out of 36 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 69 others out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 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.