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Rep. Lou Barletta’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 11th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Barletta’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Barletta’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 2nd most often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barletta introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2612: Public Buildings Savings and Reform ...; H.Con.Res. 18: Authorizing the use of the ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Barletta missed 3.4% of votes (22 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Barletta’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Barletta’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. 3685: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 5 others)

1 of Barletta’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 2612: Public Buildings Savings and Reform ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Barletta introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Barletta introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (61st percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Barletta 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 Barletta’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Barletta cosponsored 168 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 168 bills that Barletta cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); House Sophomores (54th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Barletta’s bills and resolutions had 105 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Republicans (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Barletta’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); House Sophomores (47th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (72nd 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Barletta’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (62nd percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Barletta supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Barletta 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.