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Rep. Liz Cheney’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Cheney’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 6th most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cheney introduced 23 bills in the 115th Congress 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.Res. 694: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 714: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 719: Electing a Member to a ...; H.Res. 762: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 961: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 964: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.Res. 965: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 995: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 1049: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 401: To designate the mountain at ...; H.R. 648: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 1778: To provide that an order ...; H.R. 6087: Removing Barriers to Energy Independence ...; H.R. 6939: Restoring Local Input and Access ...; H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Cheney introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th fewest bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Cheney’s 28 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cheney caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all House Freshmen (10th percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

Cheney missed 4.4% of votes (53 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cheney’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (83rd percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.


 

Ranked the 25th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cheney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 28th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Cheney 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 House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Got the 43rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Cheney’s bills and resolutions had 43 cosponsors in the 115th 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 House Freshmen (21st percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 104th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 103 bills that Cheney cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (24th 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 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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.R. 648: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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

3 of Cheney’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1778: To provide that an order ...; H.R. 6087: Removing Barriers to Energy Independence ...; H.J.Res. 44: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (51st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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; H.R. 7180: Stopping Russian Nuclear Aggression Act

Compare to all House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

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 (72nd percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cheney supported any of 32 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 the 115th Congress) 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.