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Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Ryan’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 is busy being Speaker, 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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Ryan cosponsored 2 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 (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

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 (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Ryan introduced 2 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Ryan’s bills and resolutions had 10 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the least oftenn compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Ryan supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ryan 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

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

Ryan tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Ryan’s 2 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Ryan’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 397: Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of ...; H.R. 4174: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Ryan introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 4174: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ryan introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 397: Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of ...; H.R. 4174: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (54th 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 2017) 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.