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Rep. Lou Barletta’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Barletta’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Barletta introduced 3 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency ...; H.R. 1191: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act ...; H.R. 2658: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Of the 224 bills that Barletta cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 16th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barletta introduced 6 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1471: FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act ...; H.R. 1472: Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...; H.R. 1473: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2322: Public Buildings Reform and Savings ...; H.R. 3598: Fusion Center Enhancement Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 25: Authorizing the use of the ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

7 of Barletta’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1471: FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act ...; H.R. 1472: Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...; H.R. 1473: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2322: Public Buildings Reform and Savings ...; H.R. 3598: Fusion Center Enhancement Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 25: Authorizing the use of the ...; H.Con.Res. 43: Authorizing the use of the ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 27th most bills compared to House Republicans

Barletta cosponsored 224 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 (83rd percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency ...; H.R. 1191: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act ...; H.R. 1794: General of the Army Omar ...; H.R. 2658: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 60th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Barletta’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 59th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Barletta introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Was 64th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Barletta missed 5.7% of votes (40 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Barletta’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (85th 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.


 

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 (39th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Barletta tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 42% of Barletta’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (30th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Barletta supported any of 28 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 Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Barletta’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Barletta’s bills and resolutions had 163 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (50th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (58th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.