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Rep. Kevin Brady’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Brady’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to All Representatives

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 (100th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 9th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Brady cosponsored 99 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 (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to Texas Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 4318: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; H.R. 6933: Equal Treatment of Public Servants ...; H.Con.Res. 54: Expressing support for strengthening engagement ...; H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Brady introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1: An Act to provide for ...; H.R. 3172: Medicare IVIG Demonstration Extension Act ...; H.R. 3178: Medicare Part B Improvement Act ...; H.R. 3823: Disaster Tax Relief and Airport ...; H.R. 4318: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (96th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

7 of Brady’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 688: Honoring Mark E. Miller for ...; H.R. 3178: Medicare Part B Improvement Act ...; H.R. 3823: Disaster Tax Relief and Airport ...; H.R. 4318: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; H.R. 6933: Equal Treatment of Public Servants ...; H.Con.Res. 54: Expressing support for strengthening engagement ...; H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 31st least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 99 bills that Brady cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 58th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brady’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 63rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brady introduced 7 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 1019: Raising a question of the ...; H.R. 1: An Act to provide for ...; H.R. 3172: Medicare IVIG Demonstration Extension Act ...; H.R. 3178: Medicare Part B Improvement Act ...; H.R. 3823: Disaster Tax Relief and Airport ...; H.R. 4318: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Brady introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Brady’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Brady caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Brady’s bills and resolutions had 153 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brady’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Brady missed 4.2% of votes (51 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Brady’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Representatives (67th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brady supported any of 32 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.