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Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Idaho's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Simpson’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 Simpson’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.

 

Laws Enacted

23rd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 15 others

Simpson introduced 3 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 812: Indian Trust Asset Reform Act; H.R. 1138: Sawtooth National Recreation Area and ...; H.R. 2028: Further Continuing and Security Assistance ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 15th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans 22nd most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 23rd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

42nd least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 153 bills that Simpson cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 42nd least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 108th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 140th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

56th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 1 other

Simpson cosponsored 153 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
Serving 10+ Years 27th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 47th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 56th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

44th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 31 others

2 of Simpson’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.Res. 416: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 167: Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 44th fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans 74th fewest bills (tied w/ 40) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 119th fewest bills (tied w/ 72) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

60th most liberal among House Republicans

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 Simpson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 52nd most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 60th most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 188th most conservative out of 439
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Committee Positions

53rd highest score among All Representatives; tied with 16 others

Simpson held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Simpson’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 49th highest score (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 32nd highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 53rd highest score (tied w/ 16) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

50th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 31 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Simpson introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 812: Indian Trust Asset Reform Act; H.R. 1138: Sawtooth National Recreation Area and ...; H.R. 2028: Further Continuing and Security Assistance ...; H.R. 5055: Energy and Water Development and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 25th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 47th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 50th most bills (tied w/ 31) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

67th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 5 others

Simpson introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 98th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 167th fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

63rd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 30 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Simpson’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. 1138: Sawtooth National Recreation Area and ...; H.R. 1719: Geothermal Production Expansion Act of ...; H.R. 2312: To amend the Wild and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 60th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 63rd most bills (tied w/ 30) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

115th most cosponsors among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

Simpson’s bills and resolutions had 217 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 91st fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 115th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 208th most cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

100th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 43 others

Simpson tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Simpson’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 47th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 58th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 100th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

174th best score among 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 Simpson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 79th best score out of 185
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House Republicans 120th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 174th best score out of 439
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Missed Votes

184th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 3 others

Simpson missed 2.8% of votes (37 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Simpson’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 79th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 184th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Simpson supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Simpson 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 58 others out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All

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 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.