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Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Sanford’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 their bills out of committee the least often compared to South Carolina Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sanford introduced 0 bills in the 115th 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).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the most often compared to South Carolina Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 132 bills that Sanford cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).

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


 

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

Sanford introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to South Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

0 of Sanford’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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).


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom/follower compared to 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Sanford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Sanford supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sanford 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sanford cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 5143: Searchable Legislation Act of 2018

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked 26th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 115th 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 (63rd percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Got the 43rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Sanford’s bills and resolutions had 116 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 55th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Sanford cosponsored 132 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 (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Sanford introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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. 3099: Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie ...; H.R. 4934: To prohibit assistance to the ...

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Sanford’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sanford caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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).


 

Missed Votes

Sanford missed 3.3% of votes (40 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Sanford’s Profile »

Compare to all South Carolina Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.