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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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation the most bills out of 8 34
703 bills View All
House Sophomores the most bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Democrats 9th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 9th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

the fewest bills among 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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 8 0
5 View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 39 others out of 73 0
5 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 105 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others 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

2nd most liberal among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd most liberal out of 8
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House Sophomores 2nd most liberal out of 73
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House Democrats 23rd most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 23rd most liberal out of 439
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

2nd most bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd most bipartisan out of 8 3
58% of bills View All
House Sophomores 34th most bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Democrats 52nd least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 157th most bipartisan 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.

 

Missed Votes

3rd most voting among Wisconsin Delegation

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Wisconsin Delegation 3rd most voting out of 7 0
8% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 29th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 206th most absent (tied w/ 6) 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.

 

Working with the Senate

3rd fewest bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 8 2
6 bills View All
House Sophomores 25th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 62nd most bills (tied w/ 26) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

11th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 8 1
15 bills View All
House Sophomores 11th most bills out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Democrats 32nd most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 70th most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

12th most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd most cosponsors out of 8 29
802 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 12th most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 34th most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 79th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

68th best score among House Democrats

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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Wisconsin Delegation 4th best score out of 8
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House Sophomores 34th best score out of 73
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House Democrats 68th best score out of 191
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All Representatives 199th best score out of 439
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Government Transparency

67th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 29 others

GovTrack looked at whether Pocan supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Wisconsin Delegation 2nd most supportive out of 8 0
11 points View All
House Sophomores 15th most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 58th most supportive (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 67th most supportive (tied w/ 29) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

131st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 21 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation 4th most bills out of 8 10
38 bills View All
House Sophomores 24th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Democrats 61st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 131st most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

128th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 39 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Pocan’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 8 0
21 bills View All
House Sophomores 27th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Democrats 49th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Wisconsin Delegation fewest bills along with 3 others out of 8 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 16) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 81 others out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

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. 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 Pocan’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Wisconsin Delegation the lowest score (tied w/ 2) out of 8 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 47 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 73 others out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others 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.