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Rep. Lynn Jenkins’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Kansas's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Jenkins’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Jenkins’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Jenkins’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th top leader compared to 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Jenkins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Jenkins’s bills and resolutions had 611 cosponsors in 2017. 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 House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 25th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Jenkins introduced 21 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 27th most bills compared to House Republicans

Jenkins cosponsored 213 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 House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Ranked 47th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Jenkins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 70th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 37 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Jenkins’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. 394: Restoring Access to Medication Act ...; H.R. 3332: Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 4188: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Was 90th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Jenkins missed 3.8% of votes (27 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Jenkins’s Profile »

Compare to all All Representatives (78th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Jenkins introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 3332: Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal ...

Compare to all House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jenkins introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1541: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3332: Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal ...

Compare to all House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Jenkins’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 662: MEND Act; H.R. 721: BRACE Act

Compare to all House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Jenkins 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. View Jenkins’s Profile »

Compare to all House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 213 bills that Jenkins cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Jenkins supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jenkins 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Jenkins cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.