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Rep. Paul Gosar’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Gosar’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 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 413 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 (9th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 5th most conservative 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 the 114th Congress 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); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to House Republicans

Gosar cosponsored 413 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); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Gosar introduced 40 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Gosar supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Gosar 5 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; H.R. 4006: Statutes at Large Modernization Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

15 of Gosar’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. 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; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...; H.R. 4601: To transfer the reversionary interest ...; H.R. 5836: HEARD Act; H.Con.Res. 136: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Gosar’s bills and resolutions had 1,079 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 »

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 21 of Gosar’s 40 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gosar’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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: PURSE Act; H.R. 4856: To make aliens associated with ...; H.R. 5035: To reauthorize the State Criminal ...; H.J.Res. 74: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Gosar introduced 1 bill 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 6304: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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. Gosar introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1107: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act; H.R. 6304: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Gosar missed 4.1% of votes (54 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Gosar’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); All Representatives (70th 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 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.