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Rep. Michael McCaul’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 10th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover McCaul’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 McCaul’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 5th most conservative compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCaul introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 756: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013; H.R. 1417: Border Security Results Act of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether McCaul supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McCaul 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McCaul cosponsored H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

McCaul introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 21st top leader compared to 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 23rd highest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 62% of McCaul’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (82nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (77th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

5 of McCaul’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. 415: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 755: To award a Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 756: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013; H.R. 1417: Border Security Results Act of ...; H.R. 3696: National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got the 34th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

McCaul’s bills and resolutions had 437 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 Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 48th 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 167 bills that McCaul cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (47th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

McCaul 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 Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of McCaul’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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

McCaul held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View McCaul’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

McCaul cosponsored 167 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 Texas Delegation (61st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McCaul missed 3.3% of votes (21 of 641 votes) in 2013. View McCaul’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (64th 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 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.