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Rep. Phil Gingrey’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 11th District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Gingrey’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 Gingrey’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 2nd most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Gingrey’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.Res. 25: Recognizing Linemen, the profession of ...; H.Res. 553: Recognizing Linemen, the profession of ...; H.R. 107: Federal Employee Accountability Act of ...; H.R. 2833: Safeguarding Care Of Patients Everywhere ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 182 bills that Gingrey cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 14th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Gingrey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Was 24th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Gingrey missed 10.7% of votes (129 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Gingrey’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th 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.


 

Introduced the 32nd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Gingrey introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 49th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 47 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gingrey introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 5003: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Ranked the 102nd 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gingrey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 106th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Gingrey cosponsored 182 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 Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gingrey 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 Georgia Delegation (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.


 

Committee Positions

Gingrey 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 Gingrey’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Gingrey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 28% of Gingrey’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Gingrey’s bills and resolutions had 282 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 Georgia Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Gingrey’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.

Those bills were: H.Res. 405: Commending the Patriot Guard Riders ...; H.R. 1473: Standard of Care Protection Act ...; H.R. 2833: Safeguarding Care Of Patients Everywhere ...; H.R. 4750: Standard of Care Protection Act ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Georgia 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 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.