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Rep. Mike Gallagher’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Gallagher’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 21 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.Res. 974: Expressing the sense of the …; 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 …; H.R. 5725: Hong Kong Be Water Act; H.R. 5956: Eliminating Leftover Expenses for Campaigns …; H.R. 6049: Medical Supply Chain Security Act; H.R. 6235: NETWORKS Act; H.R. 6482: Protecting Our Pharmaceutical Supply Chain …; H.R. 6500: Eliminating Leftover Expenses for Campaigns …; H.R. 7423: Taiwan Defense Act; H.R. 8663: Chinese Communist Party Influence Transparency …; H.R. 8800: American Financial Markets Integrity and …

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to House Republicans

Gallagher introduced 48 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

6 of Gallagher’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 974: Expressing the sense of the …; H.R. 940: Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act …; H.R. 1372: To clarify that it is …; H.R. 5234: Motorcyclist Advisory Council Reauthorization Act; H.R. 5896: Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act …; H.R. 6152: Protecting America From Foreign Investors …

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 12th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Gallagher’s 48 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gallagher caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Got the 30th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Gallagher’s bills and resolutions had 353 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (38th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Ranked the 38th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gallagher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); House Sophomores (62nd percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Ranked 52nd most politically right 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gallagher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 79th 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 280 bills that Gallagher cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Gallagher introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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 the 116th Congress 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 (38th percentile); House Sophomores (9th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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 280 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 (38th percentile); House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Gallagher missed 3.8% of votes (36 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Gallagher’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (65th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.