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Rep. Peter Welch’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Vermont's At-Large District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Welch’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 Welch’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 bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Welch’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. 1145: Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of ...; H.R. 2564: Smart Building Acceleration Act; H.R. 2945: Fairness in Respondent Selection Act ...; H.R. 3061: Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation ...; H.R. 3266: Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act

Compare to all House Democrats (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.


 

Supported government transparency the 13th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Welch supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Welch 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Welch cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 425: Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015

Compare to all House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 19th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 43% of Welch’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 30th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Welch cosponsored 340 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 House Democrats (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 36th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 340 bills that Welch cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Democrats (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 45th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Welch’s bills and resolutions had 54 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 House Democrats (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Ranked the 95th bottom/follower 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 Welch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Democrats (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Welch 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 House Democrats (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.


 

Bills Introduced

Welch introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Welch introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Welch’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.

Compare to all House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Welch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Welch missed 2.8% of votes (20 of 703 votes) in 2015. View Welch’s Profile »

Compare to all Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (69th 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.


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.