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Rep. Nick Rahall II’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from West Virginia's 3rd District
Democrat
Served Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Rahall’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 Rahall’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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

Rahall held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Rahall’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th 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 183 bills that Rahall cosponsored, 63% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 5th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 Rahall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (49th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Rahall cosponsored 183 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 Competitive House Seats (51st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

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

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Rahall introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Rahall introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (51st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rahall introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Rahall’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. 949: Invest in American Jobs Act ...; H.R. 2428: SAFE Bridges Act of 2013

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (63rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Rahall’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. 672: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and ...; H.R. 980: CARE Act

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Rahall’s bills and resolutions had 110 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 Competitive House Seats (49th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (51st 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 Rahall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (37th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.