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Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s 2016 Report Card

House Majority Leader
Representative from California's 23rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover McCarthy’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.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since McCarthy is busy being Majority Leader, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to House Republicans

McCarthy cosponsored 14 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 California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 14 bills that McCarthy cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

McCarthy introduced 3 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. 2262: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness ...; H.R. 6007: To amend title 49, United ...; H.J.Res. 76: Appointing the day for the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (91st 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 the 6th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to California Delegation

McCarthy’s bills and resolutions had 50 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 California Delegation (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th fewest bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 15 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of McCarthy’s 23 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Ranked the 38th bottom/follower compared to House Republicans

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 McCarthy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Was 42nd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

McCarthy missed 1.4% of votes (19 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View McCarthy’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Representatives (33rd 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.


 

Introduced the 56th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

McCarthy introduced 23 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of McCarthy’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. 2262: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness ...; H.R. 5137: Moving to Work Reform and ...; H.R. 5631: Iran Accountability Act of 2016

Compare to all California Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McCarthy supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McCarthy 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

McCarthy 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 McCarthy’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of McCarthy’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. 299: On the passing of Joseph ...; H.R. 4395: To repeal the provision permitting ...

Compare to all California Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCarthy introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2262: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness ...; H.R. 4685: Tule River Indian Reservation Land ...; H.R. 5052: OPEN Act

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th 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.