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Rep. Mark Meadows’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 11th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Mar 30, 2020


These year-end statistics cover Meadows’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Meadows’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.

 

Ranked most right (~conservative) compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Meadows’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Meadows’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. 2266: Child Tax Credit for Pregnant ...; H.R. 2524: RIP MSP Act; H.R. 4365: Duplication Scoring Act of 2019; H.R. 5018: TSP Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

2 of Meadows’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 575: Lessening Regulatory Costs and Establishing ...; H.Con.Res. 37: Expressing support for designation of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to House Republicans

Meadows cosponsored 369 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 North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Meadows introduced 33 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Meadows introduced 4 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1306: Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Act; H.R. 1307: Post-Disaster Assistance Online Accountability Act; H.R. 1654: Federal Register Modernization Act; H.Con.Res. 37: Expressing support for designation of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Held the 24th most committee positions compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Meadows 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 Meadows’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 36th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Meadows’s 33 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Meadows caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 48th least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 369 bills that Meadows cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Was 94th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Meadows missed 3.9% of votes (27 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Meadows’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); All Representatives (78th 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

Meadows introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (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.


 

Cosponsors

Meadows’s bills and resolutions had 135 cosponsors in 2019. 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 North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Meadows’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (40th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.