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Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover McCarthy’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.

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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to California Delegation

McCarthy cosponsored 22 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 (1st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 22 bills that McCarthy cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to California Delegation

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 McCarthy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th 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 McCarthy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCarthy introduced 17 bills in the 115th Congress 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.Res. 677: Providing for a committee to ...; H.Res. 678: To inform the Senate that ...; H.Res. 679: Providing for the hour of ...; H.Res. 1071: Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants ...; H.Res. 1164: Providing for the printing of ...; H.R. 3: Spending Cuts to Expired and ...; H.R. 39: TALENT Act of 2017; H.R. 1988: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1989: VET TEC Act; H.R. 5509: Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and ...; H.R. 6735: Public-Private Cybersecurity Cooperation Act; H.R. 6888: Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 102: Authorizing the use of Emancipation ...

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


 

Wrote the 13th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

McCarthy introduced 5 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. 39: TALENT Act of 2017; H.R. 1988: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1989: VET TEC Act; H.R. 5509: Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and ...; H.R. 6888: Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th 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 37th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

McCarthy’s bills and resolutions had 490 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 California Delegation (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Was 44th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

McCarthy missed 1.5% of votes (18 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View McCarthy’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Representatives (30th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

McCarthy introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of McCarthy’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. 1989: VET TEC Act; H.R. 5509: Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and ...; H.R. 7059: Build the Wall, Enforce the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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. 7 of McCarthy’s 20 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McCarthy caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McCarthy supported any of 32 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 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.