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Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle Jr.’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 18th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Doyle’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Doyle’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 the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Doyle’s bills and resolutions had 323 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Of the 267 bills that Doyle cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 17th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Doyle introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Was 29th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Doyle missed 4.0% of votes (28 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Doyle’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 20 others)

1 of Doyle’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1644: Save the Internet Act of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Doyle introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 5035: Television Viewer Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Doyle introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1644: Save the Internet Act of ...; H.R. 5000: SHARE Act; H.R. 5035: Television Viewer Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Doyle’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. 2096: Energy Storage Tax Incentive and ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (19th 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. 6 of Doyle’s 8 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Doyle caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Doyle 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 Doyle’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Doyle cosponsored 267 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.