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Rep. Lee Terry’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Nebraska's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Terry’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 Terry’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 the 7th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Terry’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

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

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Terry’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. 1761: HELLPP Act; H.R. 2823: Gas Accessibility and Stabilization Act ...; H.R. 2866: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; H.R. 3362: Exchange Information Disclosure Act; H.R. 3527: Poison Center Network Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Got the 15th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Terry’s bills and resolutions had 596 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 Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 19th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Terry missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Terry’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (17th 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 their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 16 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Terry introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3: Northern Route Approval Act; H.R. 2052: Global Investment in American Jobs ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 27th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Terry’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Introduced the 24th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

Terry introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 43rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 150 bills that Terry cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Terry 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 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Terry’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. 3: Northern Route Approval Act; H.R. 2052: Global Investment in American Jobs ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Terry tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 41% of Terry’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Republicans (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Terry 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 Terry’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Terry cosponsored 150 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 Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all 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.