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Rep. Pete Sessions’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 32nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Sessions’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Sessions’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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sessions introduced 23 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 39: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 202: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 216: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 271: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.Res. 295: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 351: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 361: Waiving a requirement of clause ...; H.Res. 366: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 367: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 368: Relating to consideration of the ...; H.Res. 373: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 391: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 470: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 475: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 567: Providing for the Establishment of ...; H.Res. 575: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 629: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 676: Providing for authority to initiate ...; H.Res. 710: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 727: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 748: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 766: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 775: Providing for consideration of the ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the lowest % of bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Sessions tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6% of Sessions’s 36 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (4th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Sessions’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Sessions introduced 36 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 11th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Sessions’s bills and resolutions had 111 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Sessions’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. 1449: Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (25th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 17th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 235 bills that Sessions cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (36th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Was 19th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Sessions missed 0.9% of votes (11 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Sessions’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Sessions cosponsored 235 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 Texas Delegation (58th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Sessions 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. View Sessions’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Sessions supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sessions 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Sessions’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sessions introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Sessions’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.