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Rep. Randy Hultgren’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Hultgren’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Ranked most conservative 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hultgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Illinois Delegation

Of the 222 bills that Hultgren cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (6th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd least oftenn compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Hultgren supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hultgren 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hultgren cosponsored H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (6th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Illinois Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hultgren introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 874: American Super Computing Leadership Act; H.R. 1158: Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization ...; H.R. 1675: Capital Markets Improvement Act of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Hultgren cosponsored 222 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 (17th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 2890: Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 30th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 8 others)

7 of Hultgren’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 35: Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of ...; H.R. 453: Healthy Relationships Act of 2015; H.R. 611: Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act; H.R. 874: American Super Computing Leadership Act; H.R. 1158: Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization ...; H.R. 1675: Capital Markets Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 1964: Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 72nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Hultgren’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

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 Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Hultgren introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (50th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hultgren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hultgren introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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 Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Cosponsors

Hultgren’s bills and resolutions had 151 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (33rd percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hultgren missed 2.0% of votes (27 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Hultgren’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 the 114th Congress) 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.