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Rep. Lacy Clay Jr.’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Missouri's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Clay’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.

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 Clay’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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Missouri Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Clay’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. 2908: National Bison Legacy Act; H.R. 4099: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Examination ...; H.R. 4100: To require the Secretary of ...

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Missouri Delegation

Clay cosponsored 269 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 Missouri Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Missouri Delegation

3 of Clay’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. 2347: Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments ...; H.R. 2473: Preserving Capital Access and Mortgage ...; H.R. 3683: African American Civil Rights Network ...

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to Missouri Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 269 bills that Clay cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 34th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Clay introduced 9 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 37th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Clay supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Clay 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Clay sponsored H.R. 2347: Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments ...

Clay cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 43rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 23 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Clay’s 9 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Clay introduced 1 bill 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. 2908: National Bison Legacy Act

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Clay introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2347: Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments ...; H.R. 2908: National Bison Legacy Act

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Clay held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Clay’s Profile »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Clay’s bills and resolutions had 111 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 Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Clay missed 3.5% of votes (47 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Clay’s Profile »

Compare to all Missouri Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


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.