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Rep. Paul Gosar’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Gosar’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 Gosar’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Arizona Delegation

Of the 281 bills that Gosar cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 4th most politically right compared to All Representatives

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gosar’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 3 others)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 1107: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to House Republicans

Gosar cosponsored 281 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 Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

11 of Gosar’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 594: Waters of the United States ...; H.R. 751: Bringing Terrorists to Justice Act; H.R. 1107: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act; H.R. 1443: Grand Canyon Bison Management Act; H.R. 1677: Dental Insurance Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 1995: Local Zoning and Property Rights ...; H.R. 2331: No Welfare for Weed Act ...; H.R. 2663: Public Land Renewable Energy Development ...; H.R. 2760: American Indian Trust Responsibility Review ...; H.R. 2819: Premium Reduction and Insurance Market ...; H.R. 3027: Meers Point Boundary Clarification Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Gosar’s bills and resolutions had 777 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 Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gosar’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Gosar introduced 27 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Gosar’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.Res. 281: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 1443: Grand Canyon Bison Management Act; H.R. 1612: Intermountain West Corridor Development Act ...; H.R. 2663: Public Land Renewable Energy Development ...; H.R. 4083: Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service ...; H.J.Res. 74: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 25th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 59% of Gosar’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Gosar supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Gosar 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gosar sponsored H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Gosar cosponsored H.R. 653: FOIA Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Was 64th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Gosar missed 5.7% of votes (40 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Gosar’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Laws Enacted

Gosar 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 Arizona Delegation (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.


 

Committee Positions

Gosar held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Gosar’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

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.