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Rep. Randy Hultgren’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 14th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Hultgren’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 Hultgren’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 least often compared to Illinois Delegation

Of the 188 bills that Hultgren cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

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


 

Ranked most politically right compared to Illinois Delegation

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 Hultgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Hultgren cosponsored 188 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 Illinois Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Illinois Delegation

Hultgren missed 1.3% of votes (16 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Hultgren’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 3 others)

6 of Hultgren’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.R. 718: Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of ...; H.R. 992: Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act; H.R. 2495: American Super Computing Leadership Act; H.R. 4571: To direct the Securities and ...; H.R. 4703: To amend the Trafficking Victims ...; H.R. 5120: Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 40th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 58% of Hultgren’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (60th percentile); House Sophomores (79th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Hultgren 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 Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Bills Introduced

Hultgren introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (50th percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hultgren introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 992: Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act; H.R. 4571: To direct the Securities and ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 Hultgren’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. 718: Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of ...; H.R. 992: Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act; H.R. 1185: Great Lakes Water Protection Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Hultgren 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 Hultgren’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Hultgren’s bills and resolutions had 219 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 Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (61st percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Hultgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (57th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

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.