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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.

 

Ranked 8th most conservative compared to 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 17th least often compared to All Representatives

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); Safe House Seats (4th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Was 55th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (87th 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 their bills out of committee the 51st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 45 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Marchant introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

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 »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

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 ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

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 »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Marchant supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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.


 

Bills Introduced

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

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. View Marchant’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 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.