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Rep. Paul Cook’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from California's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Cook’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Cook’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.

 

Ideology Score

3rd most conservative among California Delegation

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cook’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
California Delegation 3rd most conservative out of 52
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House Sophomores 27th most conservative out of 73
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House Republicans 103rd most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 145th most conservative out of 439
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

10th least bipartisan among California Delegation

Of the 291 bills that Cook cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
California Delegation 10th least bipartisan out of 52 3
44% of bills View All
House Sophomores 28th least bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 53rd most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 206th least bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

12th fewest cosponsors among House Sophomores

Cook’s bills and resolutions had 82 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
California Delegation 11th fewest cosponsors out of 52 6
956 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 12th fewest cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 51st fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 87th fewest cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

9th most bills among House Sophomores; tied with 7 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cook introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 496: Alabama Hills National Scenic Area ...; H.R. 1992: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act; H.R. 3286: Honoring Investments in Recruiting and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores 9th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Republicans 76th most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

12th most bills among California Delegation; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Cook’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 52 0
22 bills View All
House Sophomores 17th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Republicans 60th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 89th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

20th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 3 others

Cook introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 19th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 52 3
53 bills View All
House Sophomores 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Republicans 98th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 167th fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

21st most voting among California Delegation; tied with 1 other

Cook missed 1.7% of votes (23 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Cook’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
California Delegation 21st most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 52 0
29% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 32nd most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 178th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

30th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 10 others

3 of Cook’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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.R. 3286: Honoring Investments in Recruiting and ...; H.R. 4313: Historic Routes Preservation Act; H.R. 6234: Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 23rd most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 52 0
19 bills View All
House Sophomores 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 70) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

36th worst score among 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cook’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
California Delegation 12th worst score out of 52
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House Sophomores 11th worst score out of 73
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House Republicans 36th worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 78th worst score out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

53rd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

Cook cosponsored 291 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 25th fewest bills out of 52 14
801 bills View All
House Sophomores 30th fewest bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Republicans 53rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 187th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Cook 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. 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 Cook’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
California Delegation 8th highest score (tied w/ 27) out of 52 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Cook’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. 1992: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 16) out of 52 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 48th fewest bills (tied w/ 60) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cook supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cook 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
California Delegation the least supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 52 0
10 points View All
House Sophomores the least supportive (tied w/ 14) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Cook introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
California Delegation fewest bills along with 29 others out of 52 0
5 View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 39 others out of 73 0
5 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

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.

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 114th Congress) 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.