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Rep. Leonard Lance’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Lance’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Ideology Score

the most conservative among 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lance’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
New Jersey Delegation the most conservative out of 12
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House Republicans 70th most liberal out of 247
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Safe House Seats 155th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 178th most conservative out of 440
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Leadership Score

2nd best score among New Jersey 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lance’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
New Jersey Delegation 2nd best score out of 12
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House Republicans 113th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 141st best score out of 385
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All Representatives 157th best score out of 440
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Bills Introduced

4th most bills among New Jersey Delegation

Lance introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 4th most bills out of 12 5
33 bills View All
House Republicans 68th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 120th most bills (tied w/ 19) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 131st most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

5th most cosponsors among New Jersey Delegation

Lance’s bills and resolutions had 146 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
New Jersey Delegation 5th most cosponsors out of 12 22
888 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 112th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 180th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 200th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

22nd most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 211 bills that Lance cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
New Jersey Delegation 4th least bipartisan out of 12 8
45% of bills View All
House Republicans 22nd most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 153rd most bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 180th most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the Senate

28th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 11 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 724: Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act; H.R. 2540: Breast Cancer Patient Education Act ...; H.R. 2739: Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act ...; H.R. 3618: Orphan Drug Fairness Act; H.R. 4111: Rural Health Care Connectivity Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 12 0
5 bills View All
House Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 26th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 28th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

37th most bills among House Republicans

Lance cosponsored 211 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 4th most bills out of 12 59
259 bills View All
House Republicans 37th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 129th most bills out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 146th most bills out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

40th lowest % of bills among House Republicans; tied with 5 others

Lance tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Lance’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
House Republicans 40th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 5) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 73rd highest % of bills (tied w/ 6) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 86th highest % of bills (tied w/ 6) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

170th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 77 others

2 of Lance’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 724: Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act; H.R. 2540: Breast Cancer Patient Education Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 12 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 88th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 152nd most bills (tied w/ 69) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 170th most bills (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lance introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 12 0
3 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 75 others out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 172 others out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Lance’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
New Jersey Delegation 3rd lowest score (tied w/ 5) out of 12 0
6 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Lance introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 12 0
1 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lance supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
New Jersey Delegation least supportive along with 5 others out of 12 0
3 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Missed Votes

Lance missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Lance’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
New Jersey Delegation the most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 12 0
23% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats the most voting (tied w/ 20) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives the most voting (tied w/ 23) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

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 2015) 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.