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Rep. Mac Thornberry’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 13th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Thornberry’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him 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 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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation

Thornberry cosponsored 67 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 Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Thornberry introduced 3 bills 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. 393: To provide for an exception ...; H.R. 2807: To amend title 10, United ...; H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Was 6th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Thornberry missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Thornberry’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 29th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 67 bills that Thornberry cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 53rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thornberry introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 393: To provide for an exception ...; H.R. 428: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey ...; H.R. 2807: To amend title 10, United ...; H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Thornberry introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Thornberry’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. 2807: To amend title 10, United ...; H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 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. 393: To provide for an exception ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Thornberry’s 9 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

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. View Thornberry’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Thornberry’s bills and resolutions had 108 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 Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Thornberry supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Thornberry 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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