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Rep. Michael McCaul’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 10th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover McCaul’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 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 the 17th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 26th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCaul introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 399: Secure Our Borders First Act ...; H.R. 1731: National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act ...; H.R. 2899: CVE Act; H.R. 3572: DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement ...; H.R. 3875: Department of Homeland Security CBRNE ...; H.R. 5390: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency ...; H.R. 5859: Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 31st most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got the 33rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

McCaul’s bills and resolutions had 730 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 »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 34th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

McCaul introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 33rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of McCaul’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 43rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

8 of McCaul’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. 156: Crude Oil Export Act; H.R. 399: Secure Our Borders First Act ...; H.R. 3313: Cyber Defense of Federal Networks ...; H.R. 3381: Childhood Cancer STAR Act; H.R. 3572: DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement ...; H.R. 4038: American Security Against Foreign Enemies ...; H.R. 5859: Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act; H.Con.Res. 159: Condemning the Government of the ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 44th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 3381: Childhood Cancer STAR Act; H.R. 4651: Digital Security Commission Act of ...; H.R. 5471: Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act; H.R. 5697: Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies ...; H.R. 5858: RACE for Children Act; H.R. 5924: To provide that members of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 56th most bills compared to House Republicans

McCaul cosponsored 288 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 (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

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 (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 288 bills that McCaul cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Republicans (74th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McCaul supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McCaul 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McCaul cosponsored H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 1615: DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McCaul 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Missed Votes

McCaul missed 2.1% of votes (28 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View McCaul’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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 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.