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Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2016 Report Card

Speaker of the House
Representative from Wisconsin's 1st District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Ryan’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.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Ryan was busy being Speaker of the House, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Ryan’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 most committee positions compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Ryan 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 Ryan’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Ryan cosponsored 34 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 Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Of the 34 bills that Ryan cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Ryan introduced 5 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 804: Expanding the Availability of Medicare ...; H.R. 1831: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...; H.R. 1890: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; H.R. 1891: To extend the African Growth ...; H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Ryan introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Ryan’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd least often compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Ryan supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ryan 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Ryan cosponsored H.R. 598: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most politically left compared to House Republicans

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 Ryan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Got the 38th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Ryan’s bills and resolutions had 38 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 Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Ranked the 41st bottom/follower compared to 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 Ryan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 45th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 17 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Ryan’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. 1831: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...; H.R. 1890: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; H.R. 1891: To extend the African Growth ...; H.R. 2688: To block any action from ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 50th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 31 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ryan introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 639: Authorizing the Speaker to appear ...; H.R. 1831: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...; H.R. 1890: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; H.R. 1891: To extend the African Growth ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Ryan’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. 1890: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; H.R. 1891: To extend the African Growth ...; H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 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.