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Rep. Mike Gallagher’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Gallagher’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Gallagher’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 Wisconsin Delegation

Gallagher missed 1.3% of votes (16 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Gallagher’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); All Representatives (26th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Gallagher supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Gallagher 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gallagher sponsored H.R. 1934: To establish a 5-year ban ...

Gallagher cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 4077: Honest Ads Act; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Gallagher introduced 19 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (12th percentile); House Freshmen (63rd percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gallagher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Freshmen (96th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Gallagher cosponsored 235 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 Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (48th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Gallagher’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.Res. 1053: Supporting renaming NATO Headquarters after ...; H.R. 873: Global War on Terrorism War ...; H.R. 4552: Advancing Medical Resident Training in ...; H.R. 6337: To amend the Trade Expansion ...; H.R. 6475: To require a determination on ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gallagher introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 443: Recognizing the importance and effectiveness ...; H.Res. 994: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 873: Global War on Terrorism War ...; H.R. 2453: DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program ...; H.R. 3342: Sanctioning the Use of Civilians ...; H.R. 4569: Counterterrorism Information Sharing Improvement Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Freshmen (84th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 12th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Gallagher’s bills and resolutions had 313 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Freshmen (82nd percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ranked 13th most conservative compared to House Freshmen

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gallagher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Freshmen (81st percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Gallagher’s 19 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gallagher caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gallagher introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 873: Global War on Terrorism War ...; H.R. 3342: Sanctioning the Use of Civilians ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Gallagher’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 2165: TSA Misconduct Accountability Act of ...; H.R. 2453: DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program ...; H.R. 3342: Sanctioning the Use of Civilians ...; H.R. 4569: Counterterrorism Information Sharing Improvement Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 235 bills that Gallagher cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (29th percentile); House Freshmen (48th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.