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Rep. Patrick McHenry’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 10th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover McHenry’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 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.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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 (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to North Carolina 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 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. 1202: Blue Ridge National Heritage Area ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 14th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

McHenry cosponsored 58 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 (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Got the 15th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

McHenry’s bills and resolutions had 22 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 North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Introduced the 18th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

McHenry introduced 6 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 18th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 10 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of McHenry’s 6 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McHenry caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 20 others)

1 of McHenry’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. 4860: Crowdfunding Amendments Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 59th 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 58 bills that McHenry cosponsored, 52% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

McHenry 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 North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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. McHenry introduced 2 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4458: Cybersecurity and Financial System Resilience ...; H.R. 4860: Crowdfunding Amendments Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McHenry missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 701 votes) in 2019. View McHenry’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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.


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.