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Rep. Mike Coffman’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Coffman’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 Coffman’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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Colorado Delegation

Coffman missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Coffman’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (20th 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.


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Colorado Delegation

Coffman’s bills and resolutions had 58 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 Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (23rd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

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

Coffman introduced 3 bills that became law in 2013. 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. 1402: VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act ...; H.R. 1412: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring ...; H.R. 3210: Pay Our Military Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

4 of Coffman’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. 435: Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of ...; H.R. 1402: VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act ...; H.R. 1412: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring ...; H.R. 2882: Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most conservative 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 Coffman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); Competitive House Seats (79th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 30th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 189 bills that Coffman cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (26th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 37th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Coffman cosponsored 189 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 Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

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

Those bills were: H.R. 1412: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); Competitive House Seats (72nd percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Coffman held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Coffman’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Coffman’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. 1402: VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Coffman introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); Competitive House Seats (74th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd 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 Coffman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); Competitive House Seats (44th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Coffman tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Coffman’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (33rd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Coffman supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Coffman 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.