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Rep. Peter “Pete” King’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New York's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover King’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 King’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 2nd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 237 bills that King cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to New York Delegation

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from King’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

6 of King’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 558: Fallen Heroes Flag Act of ...; H.R. 719: Capital Access for Small Businesses ...; H.R. 1009: Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and ...; H.R. 1362: Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act; H.R. 1565: Public Safety and Second Amendment ...; H.Con.Res. 21: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most liberal 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from King’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 71% of King’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all New York Delegation (86th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to House Republicans

King cosponsored 237 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 New York Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of King’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. 811: Never Forget 9/11 Heroes Act; H.R. 2836: Explosive Materials Background Check Act; H.R. 3143: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism ...; H.Con.Res. 21: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 19th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

King introduced 24 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got the 33rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

King’s bills and resolutions had 445 cosponsors in 2013. 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 New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

King introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. King introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

King held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View King’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

King missed 2.5% of votes (16 of 641 votes) in 2013. View King’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th 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.


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) 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.

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