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Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from South Carolina's 1st District
Republican
Serving May 15, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Sanford’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 Sanford’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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among South Carolina Delegation; tied with 1 other

0 of Sanford’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
South Carolina Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 7 0
2 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 59) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

2nd most supportive among South Carolina Delegation; tied with 1 other

GovTrack looked at whether Sanford supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sanford 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
South Carolina Delegation 2nd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 7 0
4 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 71st most supportive (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans 23rd most supportive (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 146th most supportive (tied w/ 63) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Leadership Score

3rd best score among South Carolina Delegation

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 Sanford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
South Carolina Delegation 3rd best score out of 7
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Serving 10+ Years 92nd best score out of 185
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House Republicans 111th worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 209th best score out of 439
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Cosponsors

3rd most cosponsors among South Carolina Delegation

Sanford’s bills and resolutions had 220 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
South Carolina Delegation 3rd most cosponsors out of 7 52
300 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 93rd fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 113th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 203rd most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

3rd most voting among South Carolina Delegation

Sanford missed 2.9% of votes (39 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Sanford’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
South Carolina Delegation 3rd most voting out of 7 1
6% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 83rd most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 177th most absent (tied w/ 4) 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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

31st fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 4 others

Sanford cosponsored 133 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
South Carolina Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 7 111
349 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 26th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 31st fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

39th least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 133 bills that Sanford cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
South Carolina Delegation 4th least bipartisan out of 7 4
14% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 119th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 120th least 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.

 

Ideology Score

49th most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 Sanford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
South Carolina Delegation 3rd most liberal out of 7
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Serving 10+ Years 49th most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 71st most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 177th most conservative out of 439
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

52nd fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 47 others

Sanford tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Sanford’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
South Carolina Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 7 1
4 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 52nd fewest bills (tied w/ 47) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

68th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 35 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Sanford’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. 664: Freedom to Travel to Cuba ...; H.R. 5637: One Percent Spending Reduction Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
South Carolina Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 7 0
3 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 68th fewest bills (tied w/ 35) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 45) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 181st fewest bills (tied w/ 77) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

98th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 28 others

Sanford introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
South Carolina Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 7 2
15 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 43rd fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 59th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 98th fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sanford 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
South Carolina Delegation fewest bills along with 2 others out of 7 0
4 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 55 others out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Sanford 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 Sanford’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
South Carolina Delegation lowest score along with 2 others out of 7 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 38) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Sanford 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
South Carolina Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 7 0
2 View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 88 others out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 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.

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.