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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.

 

Laws Enacted

2nd most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most bills out of 18 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

4th lowest % of bills among Pennsylvania Delegation

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.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th lowest % of bills out of 10 31
79% of bills View All
House Republicans 50th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 63rd highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 76th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

5th least bipartisan among Pennsylvania Delegation

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Pennsylvania Delegation 5th least bipartisan out of 18 8
44% of bills View All
House Republicans 91st most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 147th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 158th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

16th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barletta introduced 6 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

19th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 19th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 19th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

27th most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 3rd most bills out of 18 85
434 bills View All
House Republicans 27th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 112th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

40th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 24th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 36th most bills (tied w/ 24) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 40th most bills (tied w/ 26) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

60th most conservative among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Pennsylvania Delegation 3rd most conservative out of 18
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House Republicans 60th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 58th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 60th most conservative out of 440
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Bills Introduced

59th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 5 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th most bills out of 18 4
39 bills View All
House Republicans 34th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 55th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 59th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

64th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Pennsylvania Delegation 3rd most absent out of 18 0
7% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 61st most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 64th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Cosponsors

101st most cosponsors among House Republicans

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Pennsylvania Delegation 9th most cosponsors out of 18 1
1,020 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 101st most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 166th most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 184th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

163rd best score among All Representatives

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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Pennsylvania Delegation 9th worst score out of 18
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House Republicans 117th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 146th best score out of 385
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All Representatives 163rd best score out of 440
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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. 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 Barletta’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th highest score (tied w/ 7) out of 18 0
7 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Barletta supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Pennsylvania Delegation least supportive along with 10 others out of 18 0
3 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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.