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Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick’s 2015 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Fitzpatrick’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 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.

 

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 219 bills that Fitzpatrick cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 3 others)

4 of Fitzpatrick’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. 837: Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act ...; H.R. 1655: Community Economic Opportunity Act of ...; H.R. 2920: Captive Primate Safety Act; H.R. 3920: E-Free Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); Competitive House Seats (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Ranked the 6th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fitzpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

Fitzpatrick introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Fitzpatrick’s bills and resolutions had 310 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 7 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 837: Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act ...; H.R. 911: Saracini Aviation Safety Act of ...; H.R. 2350: Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 12th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 59% of Fitzpatrick’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (60th percentile); Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Was 13th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats

Fitzpatrick missed 2.6% of votes (18 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Fitzpatrick’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Ranked 25th 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 2015 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 (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 30th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Fitzpatrick cosponsored 219 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 (72nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fitzpatrick introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 (39th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Fitzpatrick supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Fitzpatrick 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fitzpatrick introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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); Serving 10+ Years (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.


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.