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Rep. Martha McSally’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover McSally’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 McSally’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 most often compared to All Representatives

13 of McSally’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 362: January 8th National Memorial Act; H.R. 505: Border Security Technology Accountability Act ...; H.R. 677: CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing ...; H.R. 678: Department of Homeland Security Support ...; H.R. 1302: Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel ...; H.R. 2052: PRIVATE Act; H.R. 2053: Mining Schools Enhancement Act; H.R. 2192: To amend the Public Health ...; H.R. 2213: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 2790: Humane Cosmetics Act; H.R. 2987: 21st Century Conservation Service Corps ...; H.R. 3018: Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act; H.R. 3551: C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (88th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Introduced the most bills compared to House Sophomores

McSally introduced 23 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (88th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

McSally cosponsored 112 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 Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

McSally held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 McSally’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (63rd percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McSally’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (88th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

McSally’s bills and resolutions had 520 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Arizona Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of McSally’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. 362: January 8th National Memorial Act; H.R. 1410: Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act; H.R. 1547: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion ...; H.R. 3212: To reauthorize the State Criminal ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (87th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of McSally’s 23 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (88th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McSally introduced 10 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 505: Border Security Technology Accountability Act ...; H.R. 677: CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing ...; H.R. 678: Department of Homeland Security Support ...; H.R. 1302: Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel ...; H.R. 1547: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion ...; H.R. 2052: PRIVATE Act; H.R. 2053: Mining Schools Enhancement Act; H.R. 2192: To amend the Public Health ...; H.R. 2213: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 3551: C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (88th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 54th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 112 bills that McSally cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

McSally missed 1.7% of votes (12 of 710 votes) in 2017. View McSally’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (38th percentile); House Sophomores (63rd percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McSally’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McSally introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 2052: PRIVATE Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (63rd percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McSally supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McSally 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McSally cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (13th percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


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 2017) 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.