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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 3rd District
Republican
Served Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Westmoreland’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Westmoreland’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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to House Republicans

Westmoreland cosponsored 325 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 Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Georgia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Westmoreland’s bills and resolutions had 24 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Georgia Delegation (7th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

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

Westmoreland introduced 1 bill and resolution in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (7th percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 325 bills that Westmoreland cosponsored, 2% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (14th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Was 49th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Westmoreland missed 7.0% of votes (45 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Westmoreland’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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

Westmoreland introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Westmoreland’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. 3183: To amend the Consumer Financial ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Westmoreland introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3183: To amend the Consumer Financial ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Westmoreland’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Westmoreland supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Westmoreland 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.