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Rep. Mike Johnson’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Louisiana's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Johnson’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 Johnson’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Louisiana Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Johnson’s 16 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Johnson caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (6th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Louisiana Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Johnson’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. 5384: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (4th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Johnson cosponsored 159 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 Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (11th percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 13th least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 159 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 32nd most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 17 others)

4 of Johnson’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. 398: Expressing the sense of the …; H.R. 611: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; H.R. 3360: Asylum Reform and Border Protection …; H.R. 5591: Critical Habitat Improvement Act

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Was 41st most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Johnson missed 9.1% of votes (87 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (87th percentile); All Representatives (91st 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.


 

Ranked 67th 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 Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Johnson introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 894: Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability …; H.R. 5384: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (65th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (67th 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 Introduced

Johnson introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Johnson introduced 2 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 894: Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability …; H.R. 5384: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Johnson 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 Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (62nd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 223 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 Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (36th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


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.