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Rep. Michael Michaud’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Michaud’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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.

 

Committee Positions

the highest score among 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Competitive House Seats the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 44 0
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Serving 10+ Years 6th highest score (tied w/ 36) out of 177 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 2nd highest score (tied w/ 19) out of 207 0
6 points View All
All Representatives 8th highest score (tied w/ 37) out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

2nd most bills among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Michaud cosponsored 486 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 3rd most bills out of 44 98
609 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 2nd most bills out of 45 62
643 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
805 bills View All
House Democrats 28th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 207 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 29th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

3rd most supportive among Competitive House Seats; tied with 3 others

GovTrack looked at whether Michaud supported any of 12 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Competitive House Seats 3rd most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 44 0
2 points View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 5th most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 45 0
9 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th most supportive (tied w/ 19) out of 177 0
9 points View All
House Democrats 25th most supportive (tied w/ 29) out of 207 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 32nd most supportive (tied w/ 55) out of 441 0
9 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

5th most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 1 other

Michaud introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 44 5
36 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most bills out of 45 0
42 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 41st most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 177 0
67 bills View All
House Democrats 37th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 207 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 72nd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

7th most liberal among 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Michaud’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Competitive House Seats 7th most liberal out of 44
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th most liberal out of 45
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Serving 10+ Years 72nd most liberal out of 177
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House Democrats 62nd most conservative out of 207
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All Representatives 146th most liberal out of 441
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Bills Out of Committee

6th most bills among House Democrats; tied with 6 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Michaud introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1443: Tinnitus Research and Treatment Act ...; H.R. 4399: Comprehensive Department of Veterans Affairs ...; H.R. 4527: To remove a use restriction ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 6th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 44 0
7 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 13th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 45 0
23 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 29th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 177 0
23 bills View All
House Democrats 6th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 207 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 59th most bills (tied w/ 40) out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

9th lowest % of bills among Competitive House Seats

Michaud tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Michaud’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Competitive House Seats 9th lowest % of bills out of 31 17
74% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 15th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 31 6
77% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 49th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 121 0
86% of bills View All
House Democrats 46th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 140 0
83% of bills View All
All Representatives 123rd highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 281 0
100% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

10th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

Michaud missed 0.5% of votes (6 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Michaud’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Competitive House Seats 5th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 44 0
35% missed votes View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th most voting out of 45 0
11% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 10th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 172 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 43rd most voting (tied w/ 9) out of 434 0
58% missed votes View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

8th most bills among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 6 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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 ...; H.R. 4527: To remove a use restriction ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats 12th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 44 0
12 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 45 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 47th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 177 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 49th most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 207 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 89th most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

32nd most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 486 bills that Michaud cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Competitive House Seats 10th most bipartisan out of 44 5
68% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th most bipartisan out of 45 2
61% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bipartisan out of 176 2
71% of bills View All
House Democrats 32nd most bipartisan out of 205 14
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 32nd most bipartisan out of 437 1
71% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

47th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 23 others

6 of Michaud’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 612: Safe and Efficient Transportation Act ...; H.R. 1443: Tinnitus Research and Treatment Act ...; H.R. 2034: Advanced Composites Development Act of ...; H.R. 2704: Department of Veterans Affairs Budget ...; H.R. 4336: Local Road Safety Act of ...; H.R. 4399: Comprehensive Department of Veterans Affairs ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats the most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 44 0
6 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 15th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 45 0
27 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 31st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 177 0
27 bills View All
House Democrats 23rd most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 207 0
21 bills View All
All Representatives 47th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

65th best score among House Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Michaud’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Competitive House Seats 19th best score out of 44
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th worst score out of 45
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Serving 10+ Years 87th worst score out of 177
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House Democrats 65th best score out of 207
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All Representatives 210th best score out of 441
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Cosponsors

77th most cosponsors among House Democrats

Michaud’s bills and resolutions had 236 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Competitive House Seats 20th most cosponsors out of 44 6
1,042 cosponsors View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 23rd fewest cosponsors out of 45 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 84th most cosponsors out of 177 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 77th most cosponsors out of 207 0
1,535 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 178th most cosponsors out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Laws Enacted

Michaud introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 26 others out of 44 0
4 laws View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs fewest bills along with 23 others out of 45 0
9 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 110 others out of 177 0
9 laws View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 149 others out of 207 0
3 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 285 others out of 441 0
9 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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.

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 113th Congress) 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.