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Rep. Kerry Bentivolio’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 11th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Bentivolio’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Bentivolio’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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the lowest % of bills among Michigan Delegation

Bentivolio tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 16% of Bentivolio’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Michigan Delegation the lowest % of bills out of 10 16
58% of bills View All
House Freshmen 5th lowest % of bills out of 36 11
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 15th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 141 5
100% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 35th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 250 0
100% of bills View All
All Representatives 35th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 281 0
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Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Government Transparency

2nd most supportive among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

GovTrack looked at whether Bentivolio supported any of 12 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bentivolio 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013; H.R. 917: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; H.R. 1380: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Michigan Delegation the most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
4 points View All
House Freshmen the most supportive out of 84 0
4 points View All
House Republicans 2nd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 234 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats 5th most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 397 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 5th most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 441 0
9 points View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

2nd fewest bills among Michigan Delegation; tied with 1 other

1 of Bentivolio’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.Res. 327: Expressing the sense of the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
15 bills View All
House Freshmen 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 84 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans 38th fewest bills (tied w/ 39) out of 234 0
27 bills View All
Safe House Seats 60th fewest bills (tied w/ 77) out of 397 0
27 bills View All
All Representatives 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 83) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

6th best score among House Freshmen

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bentivolio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Michigan Delegation 6th best score out of 14
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House Freshmen 6th best score out of 84
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House Republicans 99th best score out of 234
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Safe House Seats 118th best score out of 397
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All Representatives 130th best score out of 441
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Bills Introduced

7th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Bentivolio introduced 19 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 14 3
37 bills View All
House Freshmen 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 84 0
57 bills View All
House Republicans 58th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 234 0
58 bills View All
Safe House Seats 104th most bills (tied w/ 13) out of 397 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 113th most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

9th most conservative among House Freshmen

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bentivolio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Michigan Delegation 4th most conservative out of 14
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House Freshmen 9th most conservative out of 84
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House Republicans 56th most conservative out of 234
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Safe House Seats 51st most conservative out of 397
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All Representatives 56th most conservative out of 441
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Cosponsors

20th most cosponsors among House Freshmen

Bentivolio’s bills and resolutions had 207 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Michigan Delegation 7th most cosponsors out of 14 23
714 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 20th most cosponsors out of 84 0
1,535 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 107th most cosponsors out of 234 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 173rd most cosponsors out of 397 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 195th most cosponsors out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

28th least bipartisan among House Freshmen

Of the 308 bills that Bentivolio cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Michigan Delegation 7th least bipartisan out of 14 5
45% of bills View All
House Freshmen 28th least bipartisan out of 81 3
52% of bills View All
House Republicans 78th most bipartisan out of 232 1
42% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 149th least bipartisan out of 393 1
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 155th least bipartisan out of 437 1
71% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

29th most bills among House Republicans

Bentivolio cosponsored 308 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
Michigan Delegation 2nd most bills out of 14 68
643 bills View All
House Freshmen 30th most bills out of 84 0
675 bills View All
House Republicans 29th most bills out of 234 0
615 bills View All
Safe House Seats 113th most bills out of 397 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

43rd most voting among All Representatives; tied with 9 others

Bentivolio missed 0.5% of votes (6 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Bentivolio’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Michigan Delegation 5th most voting out of 14 0
9% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 11th most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 84 0
15% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 39th most voting (tied w/ 6) out of 390 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 43rd most voting (tied w/ 9) out of 434 0
58% 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

49th fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 47 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bentivolio introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3635: Safe and Secure Federal Websites ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
5 bills View All
House Freshmen 24th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 84 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans 49th fewest bills (tied w/ 47) out of 234 0
23 bills View All
Safe House Seats 153rd fewest bills (tied w/ 81) out of 397 0
23 bills View All
All Representatives 170th fewest bills (tied w/ 92) out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Bentivolio 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 Bentivolio’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Michigan Delegation lowest score along with 4 others out of 14 0
10 points View All
House Freshmen lowest score along with 63 others out of 84 0
1 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 87 others out of 234 0
10 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 156 others out of 397 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 180 others out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Bentivolio’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 14 0
5 bills View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 30 others out of 84 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 55) out of 234 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 90) out of 397 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 99) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Bentivolio introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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
Michigan Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 14 0
5 laws View All
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 56 others out of 84 0
2 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 135 others out of 234 0
9 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 258 others out of 397 0
9 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 285 others out of 441 0
9 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.

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 the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.