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Rep. Mark Pocan’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Pocan’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 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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to House Sophomores

Pocan cosponsored 703 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 Sophomores (99th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Wrote the fewest laws compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Pocan 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 Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to House Sophomores

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 Pocan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); House Sophomores (1st percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to Wisconsin Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 703 bills that Pocan cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (53rd percentile); House Democrats (27th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 2 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. 3466: Next Generation Researchers Act; H.R. 3637: HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act; H.R. 3690: Workplace Democracy Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to House Sophomores

6 of Pocan’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. 1466: Surveillance State Repeal Act; H.R. 1902: Protect Our Public Lands Act; H.R. 3690: Workplace Democracy Act; H.R. 5014: Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act of ...; H.R. 5635: LEARNS Act; H.J.Res. 25: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got the 12th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Pocan’s bills and resolutions had 514 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 Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 67th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 29 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Pocan supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Pocan 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Pocan cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pocan introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

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 Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Pocan introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Pocan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (53rd percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Pocan tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7 of Pocan’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Pocan missed 2.3% of votes (31 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Pocan’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); All Representatives (51st 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.


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.