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Rep. Matt Salmon’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 5th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Salmon’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 Salmon’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.

 

Supported government transparency the least oftenn compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Salmon supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Salmon 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Salmon cosponsored H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Salmon cosponsored 281 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 (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to All Representatives

Salmon introduced 61 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th most conservative compared to 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 Salmon’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Salmon’s 61 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

10 of Salmon’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.Res. 235: Expressing deepest condolences to and ...; H.Res. 634: Recognizing the importance of the ...; H.R. 1412: Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation ...; H.R. 1853: To direct the President to ...; H.R. 3012: Right to Try Act of ...; H.R. 3799: Hearing Protection Act of 2015; H.R. 4501: DPRK Act of 2016; H.R. 4830: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 5890: Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative Act ...; H.J.Res. 14: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 33rd top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Salmon’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got the 42nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Salmon’s bills and resolutions had 685 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 Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 45th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 281 bills that Salmon cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 44th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Salmon’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. 283: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments ...; H.R. 3799: Hearing Protection Act of 2015; H.R. 4311: Protecting Charitable Contributions Act of ...; H.R. 4457: Judicial Administration and Improvement Act ...; H.R. 4830: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.J.Res. 14: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Salmon introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 235: Expressing deepest condolences to and ...; H.Res. 634: Recognizing the importance of the ...; H.R. 1853: To direct the President to ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Salmon missed 2.8% of votes (37 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Salmon’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Representatives (57th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Salmon introduced 1 bill 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 1853: To direct the President to ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Salmon held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Salmon’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 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.