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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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to 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.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 31st fewest bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 39th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

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

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (48th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 52nd fewest bills compared to 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.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Introduced the 98th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 28 others)

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

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

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. View Sanford’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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 ...

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Sanford supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

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

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (52nd 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 Sanford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

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.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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

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 »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); All Representatives (58th 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.