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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland’s 2016 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Westmoreland’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 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.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to Georgia Delegation

Westmoreland held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Westmoreland’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Was 8th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Westmoreland missed 17.5% of votes (232 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Westmoreland’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 20th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 203 bills that Westmoreland cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

2 of Westmoreland’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. 1941: Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and ...; H.R. 3531: No Exemptions for EPA Act ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 52nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Westmoreland’s 9 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Introduced the 86th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

Westmoreland introduced 9 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Westmoreland 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.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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. Westmoreland introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1941: Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and ...; H.R. 4894: To repeal title II of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Westmoreland cosponsored 203 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 (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Westmoreland’s bills and resolutions had 135 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 »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Westmoreland supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Westmoreland 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Westmoreland cosponsored H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st 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 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.