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Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick’s 2016 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 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

8th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 334 bills that Fitzpatrick cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Pennsylvania Delegation 5th most bipartisan out of 17 8
40% of bills View All
House Republicans 8th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 101st most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

21st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 7 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Fitzpatrick’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most bills out of 18 0
29 bills View All
House Republicans 20th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 21st most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

28th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

Fitzpatrick cosponsored 334 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
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th most bills out of 18 2
597 bills View All
House Republicans 28th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

41st most liberal among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fitzpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Pennsylvania Delegation 8th most liberal out of 18
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House Republicans 41st most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 207th most conservative out of 439
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Powerful Cosponsors

50th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 17 others

5 of Fitzpatrick’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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; H.R. 5594: National Strategy for Combating Terrorist, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 50th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 96th most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

59th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 6 others

Fitzpatrick introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
65 bills View All
House Republicans 59th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 111th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

63rd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 30 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
9 bills View All
House Republicans 63rd most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

83rd 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fitzpatrick’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Pennsylvania Delegation 5th best score out of 18
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House Republicans 69th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 83rd best score out of 439
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Cosponsors

97th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Fitzpatrick’s bills and resolutions had 459 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th most cosponsors out of 18 0
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 54th most cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 97th most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

123rd most absent among All Representatives; tied with 7 others

Fitzpatrick missed 4.1% of votes (54 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Fitzpatrick’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Pennsylvania Delegation 6th most absent out of 18 0
7% missed votes View All
All Representatives 123rd most absent (tied w/ 7) out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Government Transparency

137th least supportive among All Representatives; tied with 93 others

GovTrack looked at whether Fitzpatrick supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Pennsylvania Delegation 5th most supportive (tied w/ 6) out of 18 0
8 points View All
House Republicans 49th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fitzpatrick introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 18 0
9 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

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. 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 Fitzpatrick’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th highest score (tied w/ 6) out of 18 0
7 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Fitzpatrick introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 18 0
8 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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 the 114th Congress) 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.