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Rep. Mark Pocan’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Pocan’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Pocan’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 liberal compared to House Freshmen

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Pocan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (5th percentile); Safe House Seats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pocan introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Pocan introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to House Freshmen

Pocan cosponsored 528 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 Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to House Freshmen

Pocan tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14% of Pocan’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (14th percentile); House Freshmen (6th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).

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


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Pocan’s bills and resolutions had 355 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

4 of Pocan’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 3135: Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations ...; H.R. 4622: Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act; H.R. 5533: PACE Act; H.J.Res. 44: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); House Freshmen (87th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 16th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Pocan’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. 4622: Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act; H.R. 5451: Next Generation Research Act; H.R. 5533: PACE Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (77th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 20th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Pocan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 30th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Of the 528 bills that Pocan cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); House Freshmen (43rd percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Was 53rd most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Pocan missed 0.6% of votes (7 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Pocan’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (12th 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

Pocan introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Pocan held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Pocan’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (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 the 113th Congress) 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.