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Rep. Luke Messer’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Indiana's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Messer’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Messer’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.

 

Missed Votes

2nd most voting among Indiana Delegation; tied with 1 other

Messer missed 1.2% of votes (16 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Messer’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Indiana Delegation 2nd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 9 1
7% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 23rd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 117th most voting (tied w/ 7) out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

3rd least bipartisan among House Sophomores

Of the 306 bills that Messer cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Indiana Delegation 2nd least bipartisan out of 9 6
43% of bills View All
House Sophomores 3rd least bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 59th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 60th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

10th most supportive among House Republicans; tied with 5 others

GovTrack looked at whether Messer supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Messer 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.R. 5493: EDIT Act; H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Indiana Delegation 2nd most supportive out of 9 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores 15th most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 10th most supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 67th most supportive (tied w/ 29) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Ideology Score

14th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Messer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Indiana Delegation the most conservative out of 9
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House Sophomores 2nd most conservative out of 73
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House Republicans 14th most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 14th most conservative out of 439
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Leadership Score

22nd best score among House Sophomores

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Messer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Indiana Delegation 4th best score out of 9
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House Sophomores 22nd best score out of 73
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House Republicans 105th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 143rd best score out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

45th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 3 others

Messer cosponsored 306 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
Indiana Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 133
392 bills View All
House Sophomores 33rd fewest bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Republicans 45th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 172nd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

50th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 5 others

Messer introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 4
26 bills View All
House Sophomores 17th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Republicans 50th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 93rd most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

63rd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 30 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Messer’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.Res. 294: Expressing support for the continuation ...; H.R. 948: Balanced Budget Accountability Act; H.R. 2317: Lifetime Income Disclosure Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 4th most bills out of 9 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 25th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 63rd most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

68th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 25 others

4 of Messer’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 554: Enhancing Educational Opportunities for all ...; H.R. 769: Safeguarding Classrooms Hurt by ObamaCare’s ...; H.R. 2209: To require the appropriate Federal ...; H.R. 2317: Lifetime Income Disclosure Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
6 bills View All
House Sophomores 18th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 68th most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 127th most bills (tied w/ 50) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

75th fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 53 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Messer introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2209: To require the appropriate Federal ...; H.R. 3857: To require the Board of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
4 bills View All
House Sophomores 17th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Republicans 75th fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bills (tied w/ 86) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

106th most cosponsors among House Republicans

Messer’s bills and resolutions had 244 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Indiana Delegation 5th fewest cosponsors out of 9 16
771 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 35th most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 106th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 193rd most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

128th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 39 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Messer’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 5th fewest bills out of 9 0
14 bills View All
House Sophomores 27th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Republicans 80th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Messer 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. 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 Messer’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Indiana Delegation lowest score along with 4 others out of 9 0
6 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 47 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Messer introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
5 View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 39 others out of 73 0
5 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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 the 114th Congress) 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.