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Rep. Liz Cheney’s 2019 Report Card

House Republican Conference Chair
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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Cheney was busy being House Republican Conference Chair, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cheney introduced 11 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 8: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 25: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 32: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 68: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 74: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 80: Ranking certain Members of certain ...; H.Res. 103: Electing Members to a certain ...; H.Res. 113: Electing Members to a certain ...; H.Res. 264: Electing Members to a certain ...; H.Res. 481: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 516: Electing a Member to a ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (67th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Cheney cosponsored 80 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 Party Leaders (56th percentile); House Sophomores (2nd percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to House Party Leaders

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 80 bills that Cheney cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (78th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to House Party Leaders

Cheney missed 3.4% of votes (24 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Cheney’s Profile »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (78th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Cheney’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cheney caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

4 of Cheney’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 998: State Mineral Revenue Protection Act ...; H.R. 1650: Ending Duplicative Permitting Act; H.R. 2707: New START Treaty Improvement Act ...; H.R. 4692: Countering Turkish Aggression Act of ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (56th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Introduced the 18th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Cheney introduced 21 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all House Party Leaders (67th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Ranked 40th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cheney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (78th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 70th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 34 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 564: To designate the mountain at ...; H.R. 1445: Grizzly Bear State Management Act ...; H.R. 2707: New START Treaty Improvement Act ...; H.R. 5086: To terminate certain waivers of ...

Compare to all House Party Leaders (67th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Cheney introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Cheney held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, 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 Party Leaders (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cheney’s bills and resolutions had 161 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cheney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Party Leaders (44th percentile); House Sophomores (53rd percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (50th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.