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Rep. Mike Gallagher’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Gallagher’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to House Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 336: Condemning the terrorist attacks on ...; H.Res. 390: Opposing the lifting of sanctions ...; H.R. 940: Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act ...; H.R. 1372: To clarify that it is ...; H.R. 1917: Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act of ...; H.R. 3508: South China Sea and East ...; H.R. 3805: Prescription Drug Rebate Reform Act ...; H.R. 4907: TRUST Act; H.R. 5125: American Security Drone Act of ...; H.R. 5145: Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce ...; H.R. 5417: Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Gallagher missed 1.6% of votes (11 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Gallagher’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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.


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Gallagher introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 14th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Gallagher’s 28 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gallagher caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got the 34th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Gallagher’s bills and resolutions had 213 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (29th percentile); House Sophomores (71st percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Ranked the 39th top leader compared to House Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gallagher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (64th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 69th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 175 bills that Gallagher cosponsored, 50% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 81st most right (~conservative) compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gallagher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gallagher introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gallagher introduced 1 bill in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2066: DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (20th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Gallagher’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 940: Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act ...; H.R. 1372: To clarify that it is ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (40th 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Gallagher cosponsored 175 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 (29th percentile); House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.