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Rep. Pete Sessions’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Sessions’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 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 (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sessions introduced 12 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 27: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 48: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 129: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 189: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 287: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 305: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 321: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 338: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 388: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 408: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 412: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 3014: Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Sessions’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 244 bills that Sessions cosponsored, 2% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to House Republicans

Sessions tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 12% of Sessions’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (12th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th least often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 5 others)

1 of Sessions’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. 3014: Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Sessions introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 14th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Sessions cosponsored 244 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 (86th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 13th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 10 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Sessions supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sessions 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sessions cosponsored H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Ranked the 109th 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 Sessions’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (61st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 1718: Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act ...; H.R. 2865: Technical Clarification to Public Law ...; H.R. 3437: Protecting American Lives Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Sessions 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 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.


 

Missed Votes

Sessions missed 1.3% of votes (9 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Sessions’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Sessions’s bills and resolutions had 154 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 Texas Delegation (47th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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 (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 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.