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Rep. Michael McCaul’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 10th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover McCaul’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of McCaul’s 38 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McCaul caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Wrote the most laws compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

McCaul introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1158: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020; H.R. 1704: Championing American Business Through Diplomacy …; H.R. 2444: Eastern European Security Act; H.R. 2691: USAID Branding Modernization Act; H.R. 2744: USAID Branding Modernization Act; H.R. 5664: LIFT Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

16 of McCaul’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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.Res. 521: Commending the Government of Canada …; H.R. 194: Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking …; H.R. 336: Strengthening America’s Security in the …; H.R. 739: Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2019; H.R. 1158: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020; H.R. 1704: Championing American Business Through Diplomacy …; H.R. 2002: Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019; H.R. 2118: Iran Ballistic Missiles and International …; H.R. 2744: USAID Branding Modernization Act; H.R. 3047: U.S- Ukraine Security Cooperation Enhancement …; H.R. 3377: Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert …; H.R. 4636: PLASTICS Act; H.R. 5338: Global Hope Act of 2019; H.R. 5664: LIFT Act; H.R. 6621: Open Technology Fund Authorization Act; H.R. 8405: American Values and Security in …

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to House Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCaul introduced 15 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 521: Commending the Government of Canada …; H.Res. 1055: Directing the Clerk of the …; H.R. 192: Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act …; H.R. 739: Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2019; H.R. 1158: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020; H.R. 1704: Championing American Business Through Diplomacy …; H.R. 2002: Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019; H.R. 2444: Eastern European Security Act; H.R. 2691: USAID Branding Modernization Act; H.R. 2744: USAID Branding Modernization Act; H.R. 3763: Promoting United States International Leadership …; H.R. 4636: PLASTICS Act; H.R. 5338: Global Hope Act of 2019; H.R. 5664: LIFT Act; H.R. 8405: American Values and Security in …

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 267 bills that McCaul cosponsored, 54% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Was 7th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

McCaul missed 1.3% of votes (12 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View McCaul’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

McCaul introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got the 23rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

McCaul’s bills and resolutions had 390 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 24th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 336: Strengthening America’s Security in the …; H.R. 836: Interdiction for the Protection of …; H.R. 2691: USAID Branding Modernization Act; H.R. 2744: USAID Branding Modernization Act; H.R. 7178: CHIPS for America Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 28th top leader compared to House Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Ranked 44th most politically right 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McCaul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); All Representatives (69th 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 (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

McCaul cosponsored 267 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 (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.