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Rep. Leonard Lance’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 7th District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Lance’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Lance’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 most present in votes compared to New Jersey Delegation

Lance missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Lance’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Ranked 2nd most politically right compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lance’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Of the 278 bills that Lance cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (9th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Lance’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 3116: MODDERN Cures Act of 2013

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Lance introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 51st most bills compared to House Republicans

Lance cosponsored 278 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 New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Ranked the 103rd 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lance’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lance introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lance introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Lance’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. 1984: Breast Cancer Patient Education Act ...; H.R. 1985: Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Lance 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 Lance’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Lance’s bills and resolutions had 276 cosponsors in the 113th 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 New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 113th Congress) 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.