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Rep. Paul Cook’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Cook’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to California Delegation

Cook missed 0.2% of votes (2 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cook’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (2nd percentile); All Representatives (3rd 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to California Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cook introduced 10 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 1006: Condemning the deteriorating situation in ...; H.R. 244: H.R. 244: Consolidated Appropriations Act, ...; H.R. 497: Santa Ana River Wash Plan ...; H.R. 857: California Desert Protection and Recreation ...; H.R. 1399: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act; H.R. 2365: Desert Community Lands Act; H.R. 3279: Helium Extraction Act of 2017; H.R. 5513: Big Bear Land Exchange Act; H.R. 5817: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 6940: Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Cook introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 244: H.R. 244: Consolidated Appropriations Act, ...; H.R. 5817: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 6940: Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Ranked 5th most conservative compared to 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cook’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); House Republicans (48th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Held the 5th most committee positions compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Cook held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Cook’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th most bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Cook’s 18 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cook caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 34th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 288 bills that Cook cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (51st percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 43rd most bills compared to House Republicans

Cook cosponsored 288 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 California Delegation (32nd percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Cook introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (49th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Cook’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1006: Condemning the deteriorating situation in ...; H.R. 245: Veterans’ Education Equity Act; H.R. 544: Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart ...; H.R. 1399: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 497: Santa Ana River Wash Plan ...; H.R. 1399: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act; H.R. 3279: Helium Extraction Act of 2017; H.R. 6940: Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (72nd percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Cook’s bills and resolutions had 174 cosponsors in the 115th 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 California Delegation (28th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cook’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cook supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.