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Rep. Lamar Smith’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 21st District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 1987 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Smith’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Smith’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.

 

Was 5th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Smith missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (20th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Smith’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. 2655: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of ...; H.R. 3386: Accuracy for Adoptees Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 103 bills that Smith cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 13 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Smith introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1772: Legal Workforce Act; H.R. 2655: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of ...; H.R. 2850: EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study Improvement ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

5 of Smith’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 1772: Legal Workforce Act; H.R. 1849: Collectible Coin Protection Act; H.R. 1901: Keep Our Communities Safe Act ...; H.R. 2655: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of ...; H.R. 3547: Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 77th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Smith cosponsored 103 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 Texas Delegation (25th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (18th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Smith introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Smith introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Smith’s bills and resolutions had 83 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Texas Delegation (53rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Smith supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Smith 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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