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Rep. Lizzie Fletcher’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Fletcher’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Fletcher’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 5th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Fletcher missed 0.8% of votes (8 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Fletcher’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (45th percentile); All Representatives (23rd 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Fletcher’s 15 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Fletcher caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (80th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Fletcher’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. 2761: Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act ...; H.R. 5317: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 5536: LEGEND Act of 2019; H.R. 6580: To appropriate funds for the ...; H.R. 8419: Stop COVID–19 Test Surprise Medical ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (77th percentile); House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

1 of Fletcher’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 3266: JROTC Cyber Training Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (16th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 16th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Fletcher cosponsored 281 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 Texas Delegation (46th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Introduced the 26th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Fletcher introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (46th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Ranked the 31st bottom/follower compared to House Democrats

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fletcher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (46th percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 33rd most often compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 281 bills that Fletcher cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (43rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).

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


 

Got the 33rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Fletcher’s bills and resolutions had 158 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Texas Delegation (49th percentile); House Freshmen (40th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Ranked 35th most politically right compared to House Democrats

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fletcher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (39th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 31st least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 27 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fletcher introduced 2 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2548: Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects ...; H.R. 5317: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (43rd percentile); House Freshmen (38th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Held the 57th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Fletcher held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 Fletcher’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (74th percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fletcher introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 5317: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (46th percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


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 116th Congress) 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.