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Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover McCarthy’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 was busy being House 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.

 

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

McCarthy introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 39: TALENT Act of 2017; H.R. 1989: VET TEC Act

Compare to all California Delegation (96th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to All Representatives

McCarthy cosponsored 17 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 (1st percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 17 bills that McCarthy cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCarthy introduced 7 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 2: To inform the Senate that ...; H.Res. 3: Authorizing the Speaker to appoint ...; H.Res. 5: Adopting rules for the One ...; H.Res. 385: Expressing gratitude for the heroic ...; H.R. 39: TALENT Act of 2017; H.R. 1988: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1989: VET TEC Act

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got the 33rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

McCarthy’s bills and resolutions had 381 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

McCarthy introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of McCarthy’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1989: VET TEC Act

Compare to all California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.R. 3274: President John F. Kennedy Commemorative ...

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of McCarthy’s 8 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th 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).


 

Missed Votes

McCarthy missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 710 votes) in 2017. View McCarthy’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 McCarthy supported any of 21 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).


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 2017) 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.