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Rep. Lynn Jenkins’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Jenkins’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Jenkins’s bills and resolutions had 722 cosponsors in the 115th 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 17th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Jenkins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked the 19th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Jenkins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 21 of Jenkins’s 28 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Jenkins caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Jenkins introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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. 3331: To amend title XI of ...; H.R. 3332: Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 3447: FACTS Act of 2017; H.R. 4188: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 33rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 278 bills that Jenkins cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Was 38th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Jenkins missed 9.7% of votes (117 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Jenkins’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Representatives (91st 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 their bills out of committee the 44th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jenkins introduced 9 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1541: To authorize the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3331: To amend title XI of ...; H.R. 3332: Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal ...; H.R. 3447: FACTS Act of 2017; H.R. 3635: Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act ...; H.R. 4188: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 5444: Taxpayer First Act; H.R. 6199: Restoring Access to Medication and ...; H.R. 7227: Taxpayer First Act of 2018

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 53rd most bills compared to House Republicans

Jenkins cosponsored 278 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 Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Introduced the 80th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Jenkins introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Jenkins’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 721: BRACE Act; H.R. 1155: To amend title XVIII of ...; H.R. 3331: To amend title XI of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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 Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Jenkins 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 Jenkins’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Jenkins supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jenkins 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Jenkins cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 the 115th Congress) 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.