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Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 8th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Fitzpatrick’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Fitzpatrick’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.

 

Ranked the 4th top leader compared to Competitive House Seats

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fitzpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th 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 296 bills that Fitzpatrick cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (43rd percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

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


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Fitzpatrick’s bills and resolutions had 592 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked 11th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fitzpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); Competitive House Seats (52nd percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Fitzpatrick’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. 1775: Saracini Aviation Safety Act of ...; H.R. 2222: To prohibit performance awards in ...; H.R. 2360: To reauthorize the Rivers of ...; H.R. 2538: Credit Access and Inclusion Act; H.R. 2856: Captive Primate Safety Act; H.R. 5500: Protect Veterans Employment and Training ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 23rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Fitzpatrick introduced 34 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 39th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Fitzpatrick cosponsored 296 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 (78th percentile); Competitive House Seats (57th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 60th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 53% of Fitzpatrick’s 34 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (58th percentile); Competitive House Seats (71st percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fitzpatrick introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2629: Fostering Innovation Act of 2013; H.R. 4539: Bureau Research Transparency Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Fitzpatrick’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.R. 54: To provide that no pay ...; H.R. 2856: Captive Primate Safety Act; H.R. 3788: To repeal the reductions in ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Fitzpatrick 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 Fitzpatrick’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fitzpatrick introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Fitzpatrick supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Fitzpatrick 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Fitzpatrick missed 1.9% of votes (23 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Fitzpatrick’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (41st 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.


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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.