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Rep. Michael Grimm’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New York's 11th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special year-end statistics cover Grimm’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Grimm’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 most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Grimm’s bills and resolutions had 758 cosponsors in 2013. 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 New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Competitive House Seats

5 of Grimm’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 109: Condemning the Government of Iran ...; H.Res. 247: Expressing support for internal rebuilding, ...; H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of ...; H.R. 183: Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act; H.R. 3370: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to New York Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grimm introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of ...; H.R. 634: Business Risk Mitigation and Price ...; H.R. 1800: Small Business Credit Availability Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grimm’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Grimm’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.Res. 109: Condemning the Government of Iran ...; H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of ...; H.R. 182: Safe Skies Act of 2013; H.R. 184: Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act ...; H.R. 263: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ...; H.R. 714: Startup Act 3.0; H.R. 3370: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd 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 210 bills that Grimm cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (49th percentile); House Sophomores (87th percentile); House Republicans (99th 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.


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Grimm missed 8.7% of votes (56 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Grimm’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 77% of Grimm’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (94th percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 10th 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grimm’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Competitive House Seats (51st percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Grimm introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 19th most bills compared to House Republicans

Grimm cosponsored 210 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 New York Delegation (59th percentile); Competitive House Seats (74th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

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


 

Laws Enacted

Grimm introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 2013) 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.