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Rep. Kevin Brady’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Brady’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 Brady’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 highest % of bills compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 63% of Brady’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (96th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 155 bills that Brady cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).

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


 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Brady held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, 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 Brady’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Brady’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. 1176: Centennial Monetary Commission Act of ...; H.R. 2429: Death Tax Repeal Act of ...; H.R. 3581: Small Business Efficiency Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

2 of Brady’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.R. 2925: Strengthening Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Act ...; H.R. 5780: Protecting the Integrity of Medicare ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Ranked the 16th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brady’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 30th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brady’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got the 48th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Brady’s bills and resolutions had 607 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 »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 64th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Brady cosponsored 155 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 (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 49th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 47 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brady introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4438: American Research and Competitiveness Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Brady introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brady supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Brady 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

Laws Enacted

Brady 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (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.


 

Missed Votes

Brady missed 4.3% of votes (52 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Brady’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (71st 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 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.