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Sen. Kevin Cramer’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from North Dakota's At-Large District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Cramer’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 Cramer’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 4th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 Cramer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to House Republicans

Cramer cosponsored 380 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 House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 26th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 13 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Cramer’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.Res. 10: Recognizing linemen, the profession of ...; H.R. 1139: PSC Oversight Act of 2017; H.R. 5689: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 6073: RURAL Broadband Act of 2018; H.R. 6150: Promoting Rural Exports Act of ...

Compare to all House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 42nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 35 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Cramer supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cramer 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cramer cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 5143: Searchable Legislation Act of 2018

Compare to all House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Was 65th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Cramer missed 7.5% of votes (91 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cramer’s Profile »

Compare to all All Representatives (84th 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.


 

Ranked the 80th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cramer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 81st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 380 bills that Cramer cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (33rd percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Cramer introduced 3 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. 2154: To rename the Red River ...; H.R. 6038: To establish a procedure for ...; H.R. 6039: To establish a procedure for ...

Compare to all House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Cramer introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cramer introduced 5 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2154: To rename the Red River ...; H.R. 2199: Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform ...; H.R. 2921: National Forest System Vegetation Management ...; H.R. 6038: To establish a procedure for ...; H.R. 6039: To establish a procedure for ...

Compare to all House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Cramer’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.R. 2921: National Forest System Vegetation Management ...; H.R. 3976: Access to Marketplace Insurance Act; H.R. 4654: To amend the Agricultural Act ...

Compare to all House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Cramer’s 25 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cramer caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cramer 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 Cramer’s Profile »

Compare to all House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cramer’s bills and resolutions had 307 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 House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.