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Rep. Michael Michaud’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Maine's 2nd District
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Michaud’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 Michaud’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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Michaud cosponsored 359 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 Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

Michaud 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. 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 Michaud’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Michaud introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 4 others)

3 of Michaud’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.R. 1443: Tinnitus Research and Treatment Act ...; H.R. 2034: Advanced Composites Development Act of ...; H.R. 2704: Department of Veterans Affairs Budget ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

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

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

Michaud cosponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most liberal compared to Competitive House Seats

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 Michaud’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (14th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 359 bills that Michaud cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (74th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Michaud missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Michaud’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (19th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Representatives (13th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Michaud 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 Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Michaud introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1443: Tinnitus Research and Treatment Act ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (72nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Michaud’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. 2188: To amend title 37, United ...; H.R. 2715: Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Michaud tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 40% of Michaud’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (55th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Michaud’s bills and resolutions had 149 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 Competitive House Seats (65th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Michaud’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (52nd 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.