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Rep. Ralph Hall’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Hall’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 Hall’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Hall introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 185: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 151 bills that Hall cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 16 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hall introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 185: To designate the United States ...; H.R. 2431: National Integrated Drought Information System ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Hall introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Hall’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. 2431: National Integrated Drought Information System ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Hall’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. 185: To designate the United States ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Hall 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 Hall’s Profile »

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Hall cosponsored 151 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 (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Hall’s bills and resolutions had 176 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 Texas Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hall missed 1.7% of votes (11 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Hall’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 Hall supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hall 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Texas 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.