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Rep. Renee Ellmers’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2017


These statistics cover Ellmers’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 Ellmers’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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to North Carolina Delegation

8 of Ellmers’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. 270: Flexibility in Health IT Reporting ...; H.R. 1018: Patient Access to Disposable Medical ...; H.R. 1221: HELLPP Act; H.R. 1416: Cancer Patient Protection Act of ...; H.R. 2244: To establish a Strategic Transformer ...; H.R. 3339: Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings ...; H.R. 5001: Flexibility in Electronic Health Record ...; H.R. 5045: Preserving Access to Modern Prosthetic ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Ellmers’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Ellmers’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. 398: Trafficking Awareness Training for Health ...; H.R. 1221: HELLPP Act; H.R. 3294: Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 5001: Flexibility in Electronic Health Record ...; H.R. 5913: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to North Carolina Delegation

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 Ellmers’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Ellmers’s bills and resolutions had 391 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 North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Was 20th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Ellmers missed 10.0% of votes (132 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Ellmers’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th 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 30th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Ellmers introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 87th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 Ellmers’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Ellmers 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 North Carolina 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Ellmers introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2589: To amend the Communications Act ...; H.R. 4444: EPS Improvement Act of 2016

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Ellmers 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 Ellmers’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Ellmers cosponsored 268 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 North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 268 bills that Ellmers cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Ellmers supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Ellmers 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 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.