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Rep. Mac Thornberry’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 13th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Thornberry’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 Thornberry’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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the fewest bills among Texas Delegation

Thornberry cosponsored 94 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
Texas Delegation the fewest bills out of 36 94
616 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th fewest bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

8th fewest cosponsors among Texas Delegation

Thornberry’s bills and resolutions had 94 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
Texas Delegation 8th fewest cosponsors out of 36 1
819 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 38th fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 58th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 102nd fewest cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

12th fewest bills among Texas Delegation; tied with 2 others

3 of Thornberry’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. 1597: Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological ...; H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; H.R. 4909: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 36 0
19 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 76th fewest bills (tied w/ 27) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 70) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

16th least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 94 bills that Thornberry cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Texas Delegation 13th least bipartisan out of 36 1
62% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 47th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 48th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) 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.

 

Working with the Senate

13th fewest bills among Texas Delegation; tied with 10 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Thornberry’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. 1828: Small Business Taxpayer Bill of ...; H.R. 2130: Red River Private Property Protection ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 36 0
16 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 68th fewest bills (tied w/ 35) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 45) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 181st fewest bills (tied w/ 77) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

20th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

Thornberry missed 0.9% of votes (12 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Thornberry’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Texas Delegation 7th most voting out of 36 0
23% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 20th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 76th 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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

16th fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 15 others

Thornberry tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 1 of Thornberry’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 36 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 13) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

23rd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 15 others

Thornberry introduced 3 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; H.R. 4741: Acquisition Agility Act; H.R. 4909: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 7th most bills out of 36 0
5 View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans 22nd most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 23rd most bills (tied w/ 15) 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.

 

Ideology Score

42nd most liberal among House Republicans

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 Thornberry’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Texas Delegation 13th most liberal out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 61st most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 42nd most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 206th most conservative out of 439
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Leadership Score

76th worst score among House Republicans

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 Thornberry’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Texas Delegation 14th worst score out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 75th worst score out of 185
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House Republicans 76th worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 177th worst score out of 439
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Bills Introduced

79th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 3 others

Thornberry introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 17th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 36 2
76 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 79th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 114th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 209th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

82nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 54 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thornberry introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; H.R. 2130: Red River Private Property Protection ...; H.R. 4909: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 10th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 36 0
22 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 35th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 76th most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

137th least supportive among All Representatives; tied with 93 others

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

Cosponsored: H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Texas Delegation 13th most supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 36 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th least supportive (tied w/ 32) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans 49th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Committee Positions

Thornberry held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Thornberry’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Texas Delegation 3rd highest score (tied w/ 6) out of 36 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest score (tied w/ 39) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 9th highest score (tied w/ 22) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 12th highest score (tied w/ 40) out of 439 0
11 points View All

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.