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Rep. Kevin Brady’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Brady’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation

Brady cosponsored 119 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 (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Texas Delegation

Brady’s bills and resolutions had 736 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Brady held a leadership position on 2 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 Brady’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brady’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 15th most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brady introduced 10 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 622: State and Local Sales Tax ...; H.R. 880: American Research and Competitiveness Act ...; H.R. 1021: Protecting the Integrity of Medicare ...; H.R. 1105: Death Tax Repeal Act of ...; H.R. 2507: Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 2581: Preservation of Access for Seniors ...; H.R. 2912: Centennial Monetary Commission Act of ...; H.R. 4724: Reducing Duplicative and Ineffective Federal ...; H.R. 4923: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of ...; H.R. 5356: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 18th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 119 bills that Brady cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 16th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 1105: Death Tax Repeal Act of ...; H.R. 2912: Centennial Monetary Commission Act of ...; H.R. 3831: Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing ...; H.R. 4891: Technical Corrections Act of 2016; H.R. 4923: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of ...; H.R. 6439: Tax Technical Corrections Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 146: Expressing support for fostering closer ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

10 of Brady’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 622: State and Local Sales Tax ...; H.R. 711: Equal Treatment of Public Servants ...; H.R. 1021: Protecting the Integrity of Medicare ...; H.R. 2507: Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 2912: Centennial Monetary Commission Act of ...; H.R. 3520: Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Diagnosis ...; H.R. 3831: Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing ...; H.R. 4891: Technical Corrections Act of 2016; H.R. 4923: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 146: Expressing support for fostering closer ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 50th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Brady introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 50th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Brady’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Was 99th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Brady missed 4.6% of votes (61 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Brady’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); All Representatives (77th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Brady introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1021: Protecting the Integrity of Medicare ...; H.R. 2128: Real Estate Investment and Jobs ...; H.R. 3831: Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing ...; H.R. 4923: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of ...; H.R. 5356: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brady’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brady supported any of 40 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 the 114th Congress) 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.