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Rep. Michael Conaway’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 11th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Conaway’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 Conaway’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd highest % of bills compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 54% of Conaway’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (88th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 115 bills that Conaway cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 25th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Conaway’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 25th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Conaway’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (56th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 26th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Conaway introduced 4 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2051: Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015; H.R. 2088: United States Grain Standards Act ...; H.R. 2289: Commodity End-User Relief Act; H.R. 2393: Country of Origin Labeling Amendments ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got the 58th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Conaway’s bills and resolutions had 388 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 »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 61st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 43 others)

4 of Conaway’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.Res. 464: Affirming that private equity plays ...; H.R. 2051: Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015; H.R. 2088: United States Grain Standards Act ...; H.R. 2393: Country of Origin Labeling Amendments ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 90th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Conaway cosponsored 115 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 Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Conaway introduced 1 bill 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. 2051: Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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.


 

Bills Introduced

Conaway introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 Conaway’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. 2369: Energy Supply and Distribution Act ...; H.Con.Res. 17: Supporting the Local Radio Freedom ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Conaway missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Conaway’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 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.