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Rep. Michael Burgess’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 26th District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Burgess’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Burgess’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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

the most bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Burgess introduced 12 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 19: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 70: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 138: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 173: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 319: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 333: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 350: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 539: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 542: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.R. 647: Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care ...; H.R. 648: Trauma Systems and Regionalization of ...; H.R. 2045: Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 36 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among House Republicans

Burgess introduced 38 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 2nd most bills out of 36 1
65 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 2nd most bills out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

11th most bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Burgess’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. 292: Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases ...; H.R. 648: Trauma Systems and Regionalization of ...; H.R. 1209: Improving Access to Maternity Care ...; H.R. 1470: SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider ...; H.R. 2196: Medicare Independence at Home Medical ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 36 0
10 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 11th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 26th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 28th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

15th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 5 others

Burgess missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Burgess’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Texas Delegation 5th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 36 0
24% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 34th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 41st most voting (tied w/ 18) out of 433 0
24% 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.

 

Ideology Score

22nd 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Burgess’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Texas Delegation 15th most conservative out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 22nd most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 98th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 91st most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 98th most conservative out of 440
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Powerful Cosponsors

19th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 9 others

7 of Burgess’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 2: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization ...; H.R. 647: Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care ...; H.R. 648: Trauma Systems and Regionalization of ...; H.R. 1209: Improving Access to Maternity Care ...; H.R. 1470: SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider ...; H.R. 2045: Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters ...; H.R. 2461: To amend title XVIII of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 36 0
16 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 19th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 19th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

29th highest % of bills among Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 42% of Burgess’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Texas Delegation 7th highest % of bills out of 17 8
59% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 29th highest % of bills out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 50th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 63rd highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 76th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

43rd least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 168 bills that Burgess cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Texas Delegation 16th most bipartisan out of 36 1
57% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 43rd least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 96th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 142nd least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 153rd least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

63rd best score among 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Burgess’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Texas Delegation 9th best score out of 36
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Serving 10+ Years 32nd best score out of 169
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House Republicans 58th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 59th best score out of 385
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All Representatives 63rd best score out of 440
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Cosponsors

74th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Burgess’s bills and resolutions had 344 cosponsors in 2015. 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
Texas Delegation 11th most cosponsors out of 36 0
615 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 42nd most cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 48th most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 68th most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 74th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

85th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

Burgess cosponsored 168 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
Texas Delegation 16th most bills out of 36 59
395 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 81st fewest bills out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 85th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 179th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 209th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Burgess 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. 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 Burgess’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Texas Delegation 9th lowest score (tied w/ 15) out of 36 0
10 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 29th lowest score (tied w/ 83) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Burgess introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 2: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization ...; H.R. 2196: Medicare Independence at Home Medical ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 36 0
3 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 3rd most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans 5th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats 5th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 5th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Burgess supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Burgess 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Texas Delegation least supportive along with 17 others out of 36 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 69 others out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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 2015) 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.