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Rep. Raúl Labrador’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Idaho's 1st District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Labrador’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 Labrador’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.

 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Labrador cosponsored 136 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 Sophomores (9th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Introduced the 15th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 5 others)

Labrador introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (17th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 136 bills that Labrador cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Sophomores (9th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (5th 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 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Labrador introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 657: Grazing Improvement Act; H.R. 1363: Exploring for Geothermal Energy on ...; H.R. 5040: Idaho County Shooting Range Land ...

Compare to all House Sophomores (71st percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Labrador 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 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Labrador’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. 657: Grazing Improvement Act; H.R. 3382: Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013

Compare to all House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 Labrador’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. 3382: Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013

Compare to all House Sophomores (29th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Labrador 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 Labrador’s Profile »

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


 

Cosponsors

Labrador’s bills and resolutions had 196 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 House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (54th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Labrador missed 4.2% of votes (50 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Labrador’s Profile »

Compare to all House Sophomores (71st percentile); 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Labrador supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Labrador 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Labrador cosponsored H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013

Compare to all House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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.