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Rep. Liz Cheney’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Wyoming's At-Large District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Cheney’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Cheney’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 their bills out of committee the most often compared to House Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cheney introduced 11 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 55: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 174: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 374: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 454: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 481: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 548: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 631: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 634: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.R. 648: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 1778: To provide that an order ...; H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (98th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

Cheney introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 17th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Cheney cosponsored 62 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 House Freshmen (5th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Ranked the 24th bottom/follower compared to House Republicans

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cheney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got the 46th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Cheney’s bills and resolutions had 26 cosponsors in 2017. 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 House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 95th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 62 bills that Cheney cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (28th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Cheney introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (86th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Cheney’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1778: To provide that an order ...; H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (60th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 Cheney’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. 401: To designate the mountain at ...; H.R. 2661: State Mineral Revenue Protection Act

Compare to all House Freshmen (67th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Cheney’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all House Freshmen (12th percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cheney 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 Cheney’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (78th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cheney missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Cheney’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (46th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cheney supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cheney 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.