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Rep. Patrick McHenry’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 10th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover McHenry’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 McHenry’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

McHenry introduced 6 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to North Carolina Delegation

McHenry 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 McHenry’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 14th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

McHenry’s bills and resolutions had 102 cosponsors in 2015. 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 North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McHenry introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1839: Reforming Access for Investments in ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Was 22nd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

McHenry missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 704 votes) in 2015. View McHenry’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (17th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 28th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 83 bills that McHenry cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 29th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

McHenry cosponsored 83 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 North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (7th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of McHenry’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of McHenry’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. 2949: Treatment of Certain Payments in ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

McHenry introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McHenry supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McHenry 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.